Many oysters in Washington State are started as seed in suspension and then scattered on intertidal beaches to harden for the second half of their lives. Otter Cove oysters are just the reverse. They are wild oysters harvested from mid–Hood Canal beaches and brought to Snow Creek Seafarms. There, the oysters are transferred to rack and bag and dipped into the briny waters of Discovery Bay for a few months. Free from the disruptions of tidal exposure and predation, the oysters feed continuously and fatten up. They take on a touch of the tang of Discovery Bay, but maintain the thick shells developed from a few years on the rough-and-ready beaches of Hood Canal.