This was the second week of learning about creatures from under the sea. Last week was all about the fins, this week, we covered the shells. Shellfish are incredibly versatile and most varieties can take on the flavors of whatever and however you cook them.

Mollusks

Bivalves are mollusks with two shells, top and bottom. The name makes this kind of obvious, don’t you think? Anyway, these critters include mussels, clams and oysters. Last week, we started a conversation about the sustainability of sea creatures and this week we continued with it, using the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Sustainability Chart to see how safe it was to eat these bivalves. It’s actually pretty darn safe to eat these, as most are farmed. Unlike salmon and other farmed fin fish, farmed bivalves are considered good and have high standards.