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Sep 13, 2016

The freshwater created a hypotonic environment, which placed osmotic pressure on the cells of the oyster to take in additional water from the environment to achieve saline equilibrium.


Oysters are filter feeders and as such a great deal of their internal components are exposed to their internal environment - the damage to the tissues exposed due to cells swelling and bursting from osmotic pressure is what caused most of the oysters to die.