Dive into an ocean photographer’s world – via TED. “Conservation photographer Thomas Peschak visits incredible seascapes around the world, and his photos reveal these hidden ecosystems. “You can’t love something and become a champion for it if you don’t know it exists,” he says.”
This happens to be one of the most unique ideas we’ve seen. A creative owner of one of our collapsible buckets filled it with ice 3/4’s of the way up, then took the stainless steel lid from our 4Qt pot and placed it over the ice…the lid side’s nested snuggly into the sides of the pail. (You need to use enough ice so that it comes in contact with the lid). After a couple of minutes the lid became ice cold and our fellow Scouter place the shrimp on top of the lid and served. The shrimp stayed cold without getting wet. We we’re told the bucket handle was the only draw back in this situation when others decided to walk off with the shrimp…not sure if they were refilling or taking for themselves.
A single oyster can filter up to 50 gal water/day! Pretty amazing! Watch this video to see it in action courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CBF (http://tinyurl.com/py7657z)
Apparently, eastern oysters were once abundant in the Chesapeake. Unfortunately, according to a 2011 report from the MD department of Resources, the Chesapeake Bay eastern oyster population has declined 98% since colonial times. Unsurprisingly, this is due in part to over harvesting, habitat destruction, & water pollution. Although, disease also played a role in the late 1980’s according to the CBF.
I had know idea oysters were so prevalent in the Chesapeake. Given their extraordinary filtering capabilities, developing a sustainable oyster population is seen as a way to help keep the bay cleaner. An intriguing way to let nature take care of itself, if only we would allow it to happen.