Boarding a Boston Whaler docked in Galveston Bay, Sammy Ray, 87, refuses an offer to be lifted in. Instead, he awkwardly sits down on the wooden pier and slides into the fore. The declaration of autonomy, albeit small, is to be expected of Ray, Galveston Bay's best-known and most fiercely independent oyster scientist. For 60 years, he has advocated for oysters while lambasting environmental notions that their health is threatened by oil wells and chemicals. "People would have you believe that Galveston Bay is a polluted cesspool," Ray has said, "but that's a... More >>>