You’re looking at one of the last examples of a thriving local industry. With five different operations, oysters gathering represented the principal business of Bluffton, S.C., until the 1930s. The Bluffton Oyster Co. is a proud, enduring remnant of those times. The shell stock is unloaded on the docks of the May River, washed with fresh water, and put on shucking tables. All oysters are harvested and shucked by hand.