Our morning grumpiness was tempered by the miracles of our oyster garden! We found 63 baby oysters, a.k.a. "spat", in the "spat-catcher cage" !
The spat-catcher cage is a cage filled with plain oyster shell and hung from the dock in an effort to catch oyster larvae from wild oysters growing nearby. These weren't just any ol' plain shells, though. These were shells on which tour participants wrote their wishes for the Bay, then we hung them from the dock.
We also found a little "Oyster Toadfish" snuggled in a whelk shell. Too cute!
See the baby oyster jutting out from the edge of this clam shell? Grow, baby, grow!!!