Living the good life in Coffin Bay.
Trip Start Apr 13, 2011
32Trip End Jul 13, 2011
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Headed off to the town jetty to meet Darrian for our Coffin Bay Explorer tour, which turned out to be a major highlight.
We now know why Coffin Bay oysters really ARE the best – there are two main reasons, according to Darrian. The first is that the land around Coffin Bay actually sits on a basin of fresh water, and a number of fresh water springs feed into the ocean making the sea less salty here than many other parts of the ocean. Oysters like a lower level of salinity and grow faster and fatter in this environment. Secondly, many of the growers here use "spat" – the oyster equivalent of an egg – from Tasmania to seed their stock, so the oysters share characteristics with the much sweeter oysters we stumbled upon on one of our visits to Tassie
We looked mainly in vain for wildlife, although one dolphin teased us by mucking around under the boat for a while and we did see one little NZ fur seal. There’s a family of them living in the area, along with two elderly gentlemen sea lions who mysteriously appeared together a few years ago and have obviously felt comfortable enough to stay. Unfortunately for the tourist industry, they have not bred, but maybe Elton John will be able to give them a few tips if they decide to expand their family and boost tourist numbers on Darrian’s tours.
Darrian filled in the time telling us the story of where all the islands got their names. You’ll now have to check my Nullarbor entry if you want the rest of that story, as I started this blog in the middle with a few interesting tales out of sequence.