There were many creatures pulled up in the traps at Courageous Sailing Center today, one of which was an oyster! While they are not very visually appealing, these bivalves have a strange yet valuable talent. When an irritant such as a grain of sand becomes trapped inside the oyster's shell, it's body surrounds the grain in nacre, a substance the oyster naturally produces to create its hardened shell. Over a long period of time, this nacre builds up until finally, a beautiful pearl is produced!
Why is this relevant? Well for this young explorer, his first thought when he saw the oyster was, "do you think there's a pearl in there?" As soon as he let out that question with such excitement, all the other kids became pearl-envious and wanted to crack open the oyster's hard shell. With money-filled ideas swirling in their heads, the kids shared dreams of everything from buying a new iPad to a car. At this point, the excitement reached a maximum, and their patience had run out, to which the oyster was cracked open.
|Sadly, no pearls this time|
To much disappointment, there was no pearl waiting to be found inside the oyster. Although they did not find what they were looking for, I discovered just how easily their imaginations could run wild with even the slightest possibility of finding a pearl in an oyster. Who knows, maybe next time we really will find a pearl.
Until next time, keep on exploring!