India explains how gosh darn dirty oysters can get! Barnacles, bryozoans, sea squirts and other young oysters attach themselves to the mother oysters. Tube worms also burrow into the mother oysters. Take a look!
Part of the pearl culturing process is about cleaning and maintaining these oysters so their livelihood is not compromised. Healthy oysters produce quality pearls!
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