June 2014 Larry Morgan
Larry's photo shows the bags of shells used as burms to hold seed oysters inside the nursery and how they catch thousands of natural oyster spat during the spawn. The nursery creates habitat for fish, crabs, eels, and an abundance of marine plants and animals. Photo taken in Belfair, WA.
July 2014 Sue Shotwell
Sue's photo shows how every day, during low tide, pairs of Great Blue Herons travel from a rookery at the head of Henderson Inlet to gather on the Nisqually Indian Tribe oyster farm. Whether the oysters are grown on the ground or suspended, the habitat they provide for smaller invertebrates draws forage fish who directly benefit from the abundant food source. Photo taken in Olympia, WA.
November 2014 Brian Phipps
Brian's photo shows the commensal relationship between sand dollars and geoduck. Geoduck survival is higher when sand dollars are present. It would appear they limit predation on the geoduck. It might be described as mutualism as it appears the sand dollars derive some benefit as well since they actively colonize geoduck beds. Photo taken in Shelton, WA.