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Clamshell heavily set with thousands of young spat...and a portion of the shell enlarged to show the detailed structure of the spat
a, spat just attached; b, spat one day old; c, spat two days old. The clamshell was taken from Great South Bay in 1921 and illustrates the heavy loss of young oysters that must occur on such a hard, firm material on which all but 8 or 10 are lost from overcrowding and suffocation

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