Oyster farming

Oyster farming

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Caption: Oyster farm for pearls. Ropes bearing oysters at a pearl farm. A pearl is produced by an oyster as a response to an irritant (such as a sand grain) in its shell. The oyster secretes layers of nacre around the irritant, eventually forming a pearl. Cultured pearls are made by keeping the oysters in a protected environment and manually introducing an irritant into their shells. The resulting pearls are harvested years later.

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Keywords: agriculture, animal, animals, aquaculture, bivalve, culture, cultured, farm, farming, fish, land use, livestock farming, marine, mollusc, ocean, oyster, oysters, pearl, pearls, pisciculture, rope, ropes, sea, underwater, zoology

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