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  •  Mussels, One Thing We Miss On Leaving Puget Sound (14+ / 0-)

    There's a large mussel farm in Penn Cove on Whidbey Island. I'm fairly sure the salinity is significantly lower than the Pacific; a river empties out opposite the mouth of the cove and I recall fishmonger telling me the mussels grow to harvest size twice as fast as most anywhere else. They're certainly delicious, I ate pounds of them over the years.

    The flavor of shellfish picked same-day is unbelievable.

    They grow on seemingly everything in the Sound. Dock pilings, tidal zone rocks, even boats if neglected for a season.

    Crows and seagulls know how to get them in some locations, fly up high and drop them. Any time we visited waterside properties, the sidewalks and roads would be littered with broken mussel and small clam shells.

    The mussels hereabouts are little fingernail sized and took over the Great Lakes like Neocons took the economy.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Fri Jan 30, 2009 at 06:39:32 PM PST

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