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The Oyster, Clam, and Other Common Mollusks

Excerpt from The Oyster, Clam, and Other Common Mollusks The largest oysters procurable are of course the best for teaching purposes; but small ones can be used, though less effectually. They should be cleaned with a sponge, just enough to remove the dirt, without destroying the brown, horny skin covering the shell, which sometimes is quite per feet, though generally more or less worn off. They can be killed by laying them in fresh water, which is kept at a blood heat, or about 90 Fahr. This is a slow process, however, twenty-four hours being required sometimes. It may be quickened by nicking or filing the edges until two small holes are opened, admitting the water directly into the interior. It will often be found advisable to put wedges between the valves when they open, after the death of the animal, and leave the shells for some hours. The first operation is to seek on every shell for the marks left on one of the valves which show where it has been attached to some rock, or stick, or other oyster. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."
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