When we receive oyster larvae from the hatchery, they are like a ball of damp sand wrapped in a cloth (about 5-10 million). As soon as possible we introduce them back into the water, in tanks in our nursery. At this stage, the baby oysters are looking for a place to settle, so we have mesh bags of old oyster shells in the tanks for them to set on. Within a day or so they have glued themselves to a piece of shell, and look like grains of pepper. We keep them in the tanks with controlled temperature, and feed them algae for several days. Then we unload the bags onto boats and take them to our seed racks in the bay to grow larger before we actually plant them on our ground.