The Oyster Life Cycle.
Oysters are rather stationary creatures.
Other than the slight movements of their shells to filter water, the only time an oyster freely moves about is during its first 3 weeks of life.
During this time, the oyster begins as an egg.
Once it is fertilized, it then becomes an embryo.
Once hair-like structures develop to allow the oyster to move, it is known as a trochophore.
It then enters the veliger stage, where it begins to form two separate shells, connected at the hinge.
At this point, the larval oyster begins to find a place to attach and grow.
Once it does this, it is known as a pediveliger.
When permanently attached, it is a spat.
It takes about 1-3 years for a spat to become an oyster.
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