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Blue Mussel

Mytilus edulis

Max Size: 10 cm (4 in)
Habitat: Tidal estuaries, coastal waters, from the Arctic to North Carolina
Diet: Plankton

Fun Facts:

  • In the planktonic larval stage, Blue Mussels float freely through currents before finding a surface upon which to attach and call home
  • Blue Mussels are semi-sessile organisms, meaning they can detach and reattach to surfaces such as rocks and pilings to better position themselves during changes in tides with hair-like, adhesive strands called byssal threads
  • Their scientific name means “edible mussel”
  • Like other bivalve mollusks, mussels can help to reduce the amount of excess nutrients (such as nitrogen and phosphorus) in water bodies as they metabolize and immobilize them

Blue mussels close up next to orange coral

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