Oysters are magnificent mollusks that are not only delicious, but are a keystone species of the Indian River Lagoon’s delicate ecosystem. Today is National Oyster Day, and at 321 Boat Club we want our members to celebrate this day by educating their children about oysters before they’re sent back to school later this month. Here are some amazing facts about oysters you can share with your children and friends so they know a little more about the lagoon we have so much boating on.
- The typical lifespan of an oyster is 20 years.
- Oysters are filter feeders, this means that they clean the lagoon when they eat. They reduce the amount of algae in the water which helps sunlight get through, so the sea grass can grow.
- An adult oyster can filter 50 gallons of water a day.
- The Brevard Zoo has an Oyster Gardening Project where you can volunteer to grow oysters in the Indian River Lagoon by making oyster habitats.
- Oyster cultivation can be traced back to Ancient Rome.
- In the 1800’s oysters were mostly eaten by the working class.
- Oysters can be prepared raw, smoked, boiled, pickled, fried, roasted, stewed, canned, steamed, and broiled.
- Nearly 2 billion pounds of oysters are eaten every year.
- Only one in 10,000 oysters is harboring a pearl.
Celebrate National Oyster Day with the kids on the river. Rent your boat and enjoy these last few weeks of summer by teaching your children about the lagoon they love so much, and what they can do to protect it for their own children. Make your reservation for this weekend today!