Life Of Others (Post#20) : Pinctada Maxima Oyster
Photos of the day are all about Pinctada Maxima Oyster. During the visit in Willie Creek Pearl Farm, I had a chance to see Pinctada Maxima Oyster, where one was shown in our group, fresh from Willie Creek Pearl Farm and one of the facilitator in pearl farm tour showed us and explained to us how pearl is cultured. In the process of seeding the pearl which is one way of culturing pearls, there are important parts of the Pinctada Maxima Oyster involve in the main process. First, is Gonad – where the pearls are positioned. Second is Mother of Pearl (or Nacre) – the shiny part of the shell and third is the nucleus – the pearl itself. If the Pinctada Maxima naturally produced the pearl, the pearl itself is the nucleus. If Pinctada Maxima are then re-seeded, the small nucleus formed from Mississippi mussel into the Gonad of the oyster which become pearl in the future. These photos are part of Willie Creek Pearl Farm Tour October 2016.