Richard Mesce, a retired navy pilot, asked James Gast, a retired Humboldt State University oceanography professor, to take the first official measurement Friday morning to start the application process to qualify for the Guinness World Records.
Measuring 13 inches long and about 6 inches wide, the oyster is longer than the current recorded largest oyster, which measured in at 12 inches and 5.5 inches wide.
“It was a challenge,” Mesce said. “It took a long time to find it.”
Mesce has been searching for an oyster of this magnitude since he accidentally came across a 10-inch oyster in the same area near the Samoa Bridge in 2006.
“I figured if there was that one, that surely there had to be an even larger one to break the record by Chesapeake Bay,” Mesce said.