The world’s largest oyster is nearly 14 inches long and resides in Denmark, according to the folks at Guinness World Records. And it’s still alive and growing, according to Christine Ditlefsen, the biologist at the Wadden Sea Centre whose world record was recently certified.
The oyster was found in October in Wadden Sea National Park, a shallow area off of the North Sea on Denmark’s southwestern coast. Its size and shape could be said to resemble a huge plaintain. But when they found it, the Wadden staff compared the oyster to a large and sturdy shoe.
It’s alive: At nearly 14 inches long, this oyster has been certified as the world’s largest. It’s also around the same size as a man’s size 10-1/2 or 11 shoe here in the U.S.
“My staff called me immediately and said we’ve found this oyster that’s as big as a 44 shoe,” Klaus Melbye, the head of the Wadden center, told the food website in October, when the discovery was first reported.
Here in America, a European size 44 is equal to a men’s shoe size of 11 (or a largish 10-1/2; shoe sizes aren’t the most scientifically calibrated things). But the oyster might outgrow that comparison, because it could live another 10 years.
The for the large oyster lists it at 13.97 inches long and 4.21 inches across. The notation continues, “This large oyster has another five oysters attached to it! In total, this cluster of oysters weighs 1.62 kg (3.56 lb).”
But is it?
Our Australian farmers think not, and for good reason, Dave from Seafood Tasmania sent in these picture of a huge Pacific oyster next to his size 11 boot weighing in at 2.58kg, but wait that is not all, Dave claims an un-photographed one weighed 3.9kg!!