|Our view right from our site|
We've gone on a few hikes, saw a baby eagle in a tree scoping things out.
|Time for lunch?|
|A net set out for mullet, we believe|
|A baby alligator, momma just left!|
|There were at least 5 of them|
|A huge spider that was trying to get me!|
|And these little crabs were all over the paths,|
thousands of them!
There is a gestation time of 24 hours, and then they are fully developed clams, and we were able to see them in the microscope, yeah they are that small. They can swim at this point in their life and they are raised in the nursery until they are about 4mm, when they are put in the gulf. They put 15,000 of them in each bag for another 3 months until they grow to about the size of a dime, then they are transferred into a grow out bag at 1200 per bag until harvest. When they get an order, they go find the approximate size they need, there are several different sizes, harvest them, clean them, and sort them out as to number and size.
|The owner starting the tour|
|Where it begins with the "Mom and Dad" clams|
They are tricked into breeding by fluctuating the temperature
as nature would do in the spring and the fall
|The special algae they grow to feed the babies while they are in the nursery|
|There are thousands of tiny clams in each bucket here in the nursery|
They are about the size of grains of rice
|As they grow they are set in the containers, one of which|
he is pulling out of the dock
|These are the bags that they go in to be placed out in the gulf|
|The sorting machine|
|Each bag color is a different size|
|Clams moving down the sorting machine|
|Clams packed, sized, and bagged, ready for shipment|
So a few very good lunches were had by us, before we get ready to move into service mode as we make our way over to Detroit Diesel to have some maintenance done on the engine, not bad after 109,000 miles, then back to Creative Coach for some body work, paint, new 3M film on the front end, and, of course, fixing our wayward awning. I'll catch you up on that saga later.