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The big one that got away

News consumers were wowed with a recent story about a monster oyster in Humboldt Bay.  Reports appeared in the Washington Post, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Huffington Post and elsewhere.

But whoops! It was a rehashing of an old tale given new life by the Associated Press, which later withdrew the article. Below is a Google record of the gaffe:

Northern California man plucks possible record-sized oyster from muddy bottom
Washington Post
EUREKA, Calif. — A northern California man who’s been searching for years for a record-sized oyster appears to have found one. The Eureka Times-Standard reports (http://bit.ly/JAp102 ) Richard Mesce found the 13-inch-long, 6-inch-wide mollusk in the

Man finds giant oyster in Humboldt Bay
San Francisco Chronicle
(05-24) 13:30 PDT Eureka, Calif. (AP) — A northern California man obsessed with finding a record-sized oyster appears to have done just that. The Eureka Times-Standard reports ( http://bit.ly/JAp102) that Richard Mesce found the 13-inch long,

Eureka resident may have found world’s largest oyster
Contra Costa Times
Measuring 13 inches long and about 6 inches wide, the oyster is longer than the current recorded largest oyster, which measured in at 12 inches and 5.5 inches wide. (STAFF) After two years of searching, a local man plucked out of Humboldt Bay what he

World’s Largest Oyster? Humboldt Man Believes He Found Record-Breaking Mollusk
Huffington Post
05/24/12 06:09 PM ET AP EUREKA, Calif. — A northern California man who’s been searching for years for a record-sized oyster appears to have found one. The retired pilot took the oyster to a Humboldt State University oceanographer for an official

STORY REMOVED: BC-US-ODD–Massive Oyster
News & Observer
AP EUREKA, Calif. — The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about a California man finding a massive oyster. The story is outdated and based on information originally published in 2008. No substitute story will be filed. We welcome your comments

  1. May 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm

    Talk about a slow news day; Thankfully.

  2. skippy
    May 28, 2012 at 2:15 am

    We noticed the shuck and jive story too.

  3. walt
    May 28, 2012 at 6:14 am

    Clam up, Skippy. Let bivalves be bivalves.

  4. Anonymous
    May 28, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Journalists, gotta love ’em. As long as we’re doing media criticism… just yesterday, the Times-Standard published its Kinetic Grand Championship article and interviewed Ken Beidleman, “who was in the race last year.”

    I can just imagine the reporter talking to Beidleman about his sculpture, and the interview is going well, and then the reporter asks, “Is this your first sculpture?” And the fun drains from Beidleman’s eyes as he realizes the reporter knows nothing about the race or its history, and he replies with a sunken crest, “Yeah, I was in the race last year.”

    (Beidleman is a former Yakima mechanic and early presence in the kinetic lab, a kinetic mentor to many.) Maybe you can excuse a young reporter, or one new to the area, but how does something like this get past the editorial staff?

  5. walt
    May 28, 2012 at 6:57 am

    Wasn’t there a guy named Hogarth or something mixed up in it too?

    “Journalism largely consists in saying ‘Lord Jones is dead’ to people who never knew Lord Jones was alive. ~G.K. Chesterton

  6. PalustrineWetlands
    May 28, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Anon at 6.38, what if the ‘reporter’ had asked
    about the forested sand-dunes that were destroyed
    by half-ton contraptions on eight-foot wheelbases and
    invitation by local radio station for thousands of people
    and their dogs to trample ESHA (Environmentally Sensitive
    Habitat Areas) inducing erosion and loss of wildlife.

    OR What if it were a local reporter who simply asked,
    Why not avoid forested dunes in your race? Y’know be
    cognizant of the effect on our coastal wetlands.

  7. Crassostrea gigas
    May 28, 2012 at 9:39 am

    That is a Japanese oyster, might be bigger ones where they are native. Import of these to Humboldt bay started about 1950.

  8. May 28, 2012 at 9:53 am

    How about questioning hit pieces from local to Klein’s book on
    our president

  9. Anonymous
    May 28, 2012 at 11:44 am

    forested sand-dunes

    Sand defenders to the rescue! LOL! Nothing was destroyed, nor can you provide any evidence for your claims.

  10. PalustrineWetlands
    May 28, 2012 at 2:27 pm

    “LOL! Nothing was destroyed” Anon11.44

    Dumb is dumb but this is criminal-level stupid.

  11. Anonymous
    May 28, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    Dan, your obsession is tiring and very misguided.

  12. PalustrineWetlands
    May 28, 2012 at 2:46 pm

    The proof is there.
    Now if shits like Tra would just go look,
    take a walk from where they entered the dunes to where they came out you have all the information you need.

    Look- have a good time, be safe and stay out of the wetlands.
    There is no glory in harming the earth.

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