Thursday, September 10, 2015
Largest oyster: Luxembourg family breaks Guinness World Records record
KNOKKE, Belgium -- A family from Luxembourg made an unusual discovery on a beach in Belgian seaside town Knokke, finding a record-breaking oyster; the oyster found by family Lechat from Ansembourg measured a staggering 38 centimetres and is thus 2.5 centimetres longer than the previously largest known sample of the species, thus setting the new world record for the Largest oyster,
according to the World Record Academy.
Photo: Family Lechat with the world record oyster. The oyster found by family Lechat from Ansembourg measured a staggering 38 centimetres and is thus 2.5 centimetres longer than the previously largest known sample of the species. Photo: deredactie.be (enlarge photo)
The Guinness World Records' record for the largest oyster is a Pacific oyster (Crassostrea gigas) and measures 35.5 cm (13.97 in) in length and 10.7 cm (4.21 in) in width, as measured in the Vadehavscentret, Vester Vedsted. Denmark, on 17 December 2013. It was found by the Vadehavscentret (Denmark).
Guinness World Records also recognized the world record for the most fresh oysters opened in one hour by a team of ten; it is 8,800 achieved by participants at the Tyne Valley Oyster Festival (Canada), Tyne Valley, Prince Edward Island, Canada on July 31 2014.
According to local media the oyster found in Knokke is thought to be around 25 years old. It belongs to a species originally imported from Japan in the 1960s for oyster farming in the North Sea.
The oyster found by family Lechat from Ansembourg measured a staggering 38 centimetres and is thus 2.5 centimetres longer than the previously largest known sample of the species.
The latter resides in Denmark and was found at the Wadden Sea National Park. It is roughly the length of a size-44 men's show at around 35.5 centimentres and holds an official Guinness World Records world record.
The Luxembourg family brought the oyster to the fishing museum in Oost-Dunkerke, the Luxemburger Wort reports.
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