Putting Leashes on Snails

Why don’t oysters give to charity?

Because they’re shellfish! Haha!

In the morning, we got an exclusive tour of the Wescott Bay Shellfish Farm. The farm buys larval shellfish from hatcheries and then raises them until they can be sold to local restaurants or from their storefront. Our tour guide, Sam, demonstrated how to use some of the machinery and let us eat some delicious oysters.

Oyster bags

Shucking oysters

After an early lunch, we drove to the Friday Harbor labs to use our previously collected whelks for an experiment. First, we sorted the whelks into their different species and then measured the length of their shells. Once we had graphed the size of the shells, we super glued pieces of string onto the shells as a tether. We then brought the snails down to the intertidal zone where we used epoxy to attach the other side of the string to the rocks. We will return tomorrow to see how many snails were eaten and to analyze the data to find patterns.

Tethering snails

Tethering snails pt. 2

Since it was a relatively hot day, when we returned to the dorms, some people set up a Slip and Slide in the backyard.

For dinner, we hosted Matt Wickey, the leader of a non-profit organization, Kaigani Canoe Voyaging Society. He spoke to us about his previous environmental work in Hawaii and the San Juan Islands.

Tomorrow we are excited to have the chance to paddle in a traditional Hawaiian outrigger canoe with Matt.

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