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Bill Rodney [00:00:11] Consider the humble oyster living on the muddy bottom of the bay ...

Bill Rodney [00:00:21] "Why it's just a rock that's filled with snot," I heard somebody say.

Bill Rodney [00:00:31] But did you know that just one oyster can filter 50 gallons of water in one day?

Bill Rodney [00:00:43] Now imagine 10 million oysters on a reef...

Bill Rodney [00:00:47] Whoa, that blows my mind away.

Bill Rodney [00:00:53] When oysters filter water, you know, they strain the small stuff out.

Bill Rodney [00:01:04] Nutritious, delicious phytoplankton, baby. That's what it's all about.

Bill Rodney [00:01:15] But of all the stuff they filter, only some is gonna make it to their mouth.

Bill Rodney [00:01:26] The rest gets wrapped in a mucus ball and pseudo-spitted out.

Bill Rodney [00:01:36] Oysters - they're filtering machines!

Bill Rodney [00:01:41] Oysters - they keep the water clean!

Bill Rodney [00:01:47] Oysters - they're habitat producers!

Bill Rodney [00:01:54] Oysters - wave energy reducers!

Bill Rodney [00:02:03] Oysters, oysters, oysters - they're not just for breakfast anymore.

Bill Rodney [00:02:03] And another thing about oysters - they build these gnarly reefs,

Bill Rodney [00:02:17] That are home to crabs and shrimps and things that Mr. Redfish likes to eat.

Bill Rodney [00:02:28] Yeah, that's his destination when he's looking to obtain a tasty treat.

Bill Rodney [00:02:39] And that stimulates production in the fishes - yeah, I think that's pretty neat.

Bill Rodney [00:02:49] When oysters build their gnarly reefs in skinny waters near the marshy shore.

Bill Rodney [00:03:00] This creates an opportunity for the oyster to contribute even more.

Bill Rodney [00:03:11] They attenuate wave energy when the winds blow hard and make the whitecaps roar.

Bill Rodney [00:03:22] Rucose reefs reduce erosive forces, yeah, baby, that's the score.

Bill Rodney [00:03:33] Oysters - they're filtering machines!

Bill Rodney [00:03:39] Oysters - help keep the water clean!

Bill Rodney [00:03:39] Oysters - they're habitat producers!

Bill Rodney [00:03:51] Oysters - wave energy reducers!

Bill Rodney [00:03:59] Oysters, oysters, oysters ... the best come from Texas.

Bill Rodney [00:04:02] Don't mess with the rest, 'cause they're not just for breakfast anymore.