Crassostrea virginica - Eastern Oyster
Chincoteague NWR, VA April 4, 2015
Shells on the beach
I found this oyster bank on the bottom of the pillar holding up the Santa Maria restaurant.
The eastern oyster (Crassostrea virginica) — also called Atlantic oyster or Virginia oyster — is a species of true oyster native to the eastern seaboard and Gulf of Mexico coast of North America. It is also farmed in Puget Sound, Washington, where it is known as the Totten Inlet Virginica. Eastern oysters are and have been very popular commercially. Today, less than 1% of the original 17th century population (when the original colonists arrived) is thought...