Oysters are some of the most fascinating creatures in the natural world. They’re not only delicious to eat, but also play a huge role in coastal ecosystems. Here we look at some amazing oyster facts.

In an effort to provide us with a million oysters a year, the UK’s first oyster restoration hatchery has just launched at Langstone Harbour, Hampshire. Once thriving, oysters have become almost extinct in the Solent and many other areas of Europe, having declined by more than 90% since the 1800s. The project is designed to help rejuvenate an industry that fell into decline nearly a decade ago.

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Amazing oyster facts

If you want to be a connoisseur not just in taste, but in knowledge too, read on…

1. Oyster reefs are in danger

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Oysters are free-floating creatures that attach themselves to rocks, piers and other hard surfaces, where they form vast reefs. These reefs help create the right conditions for hundreds of other marine species to thrive, as they’re an important source of food, naturally filter water and even act as storm protection.

Wild oyster populations are in danger of becoming extinct though; pollution, overfishing and climate change are all having a devastating effect on numbers.

2. Oysters can change gender

All oysters start life as males and usually end up as females in their later years, as this helps them keep populations high. Their reproductive organs produce both sperm and eggs, and they can change gender several times over the course of their life.

3. Some people consider them vegan

Oysters and scallops are part of the bivalve family, so while they are living creatures, they don’t have a central nervous system – which means they don’t feel pain (although some argue research is lacking on this point).

Some vegans are happy to eat them, although others say that because oysters close their shells when under threat, they may have the ability to feel fear.

4. They have a three-chambered heart

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Oysters have a three-chambered heart that pumps colourless blood around their fleshy form. Like fish, they also breathe through the use of gills. Wild oysters can live for a whopping 25 to 30 years, but many don’t survive that long.

5. An oyster can filter 50 gallons of seawater a day

Oysters and other shellfish act as natural filters for the sea. They help remove excess nitrogen and other pollutants from the water by consuming them. In fact, adult oysters can reportedly filter up to 50 gallons of seawater a day.

6. Pearls don’t actually come from edible oysters

 

 
 
 
 
 
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These days, the pearls used in jewellery are cultured (humans intervene and create the right conditions). When naturally occurring, pearls are created as a natural defence against an invading parasite or other threat, which could cause damage to the oyster’s body. But the species we tend to eat don’t operate in this way.

 

Best-selling oyster shuckers

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Bestseller No. 1
Oyster Shucker Set, 2 Pieces Oyster Knife and 1 Pair Oyster Shucking with Cut Resistant Gloves...
  • Durable Material: Our oyster peeling device is made of stainless steel and plastic. Even if it is wet, the cut-resistant gloves are made of high-precision cut-resistant materials, durable and...
  • The package includes: 1 pairs of cut-resistant gloves and 4 pieces of oyster knives. The glove size is 22cm, the length of the oyster knife is 16 and 17cm, and the blade length is 6.8 and 6.5cm.
  • Cut-resistant Gloves: If the bottle opener slips during the shelling process, a pair of 5-level cut-resistant gloves can protect your hands from oysters, which are very suitable for beginners.
Bestseller No. 2
DMFSHI Oyster Shucker, Oyster Shucking with Cut Resistant Gloves, 2 PCS Oyster Shucker Knife and 1...
  • Knife and glove materials: The Oyster knife handle is made of PP material, and the oyster knife blade is made of food grade stainless steel. The cut-resistant gloves are made of high-elastic HPPE...
  • The size and function of the knife: the length of the oyster knife is 14.5 cm, the blade is 5.5 cm, and the handle is 8 cm.
  • Cut-resistant gloves: If the bottle opener slips during the shelling process, a pair of level 5 cut-resistant gloves can protect your hands from oysters, which are very suitable for beginners.
Bestseller No. 3
MSY BIGSUNNY Oyster Shucker Knife with Rosewood Handle - Full Tang Stainless Steel
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  • BUILT TO LAST - This shucker can be used on Oysters and clams. It won't rust, bend, break or weaken even thousands of times using.
  • WOOD HANDLE WITH HAND-GUARD - This Oyster Shucher measures approximately 7.1 inches (18cm length), 4 inches for the handle.
Bestseller No. 4
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Bestseller No. 5
Melodip Oyster Shucker Knife Set, Oyster Shucking with Cut Resistant Gloves, 2 PCS Oyster Shucker...
  • [HIGH Quality BLADE] The oyster shucking knife features a 2mm stainless steel 2Cr13 blade, securely held in a beautiful handle. It is strong and durable the resin gloves can protect your hand, has...
  • [BEST VALUED SET] This oyster opener is not only an oyster shucking kit, but also can open all kinds of shellfish. In addition, we give away a pair of anti-cutting grade 5 protection oyster peeling...
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