Huffpost San Francisco

World's Largest Oyster? Humboldt Man Believes He Found Record-Breaking Mollusk

Posted: Updated:

EUREKA, Calif. -- A northern California man who's been searching for years for a record-sized oyster appears to have found one.

The retired pilot took the oyster to a Humboldt State University oceanographer for an official measurement, a requirement of the Guinness World Records' application.

The current record-holding oyster measures 12 inches long and 5 1/2 inches wide.

Mesce started searching in 2006, when he happened upon a large oyster in the area. Paddling in his kayak, he continued his quest when the tide was right.

If the oyster is confirmed the largest, Humboldt State University has agreed to keep the mollusk in its aquarium, where it can continue to grow.

Around the Web

List of world's largest roadside attractions - Wikipedia, the free ...

30th Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival – January 27, 2013 ...

Eureka resident may have found world's largest oyster - Times ...

Largest Oyster-Richard Mesce sets world record

The Epi-Log on The World's Biggest Oyster?

Worlds Biggest Oyster - YouTube

Oyster believed to be Britain's largest oyster found at Devon market ...

The World's Biggest Oyster? | Shine Food - Yahoo! Shine

Eureka resident may have found world's largest oyster

The World's Waters Are Becoming Corrosive to Critical Marine Life

Diamond Jubilee: Explore the Pageant

The Nature Conservancy Is Mobilizing the World s Largest Seagrass Restoration ...

Oyster festival comes to town

For one marine company, the world really is their oyster

Exploring Great Bay Estuary, New Hampshire's 'hidden coastline'

From finance to fine dining

Gothenburg expands its meetings venues

INDABA 2012: All the latest from the Leading Hotels of the World