No really, Mussels. These things are cool. They’re yummy in seafood, they siphon out all the crap from the water, they feed a ton of animals, and they even attack snails with something resembling snot. Listen to the episode, and check out my references, for a ton of information regarding the coolest little mollusk in the water!
My sources and bibliography are listed below. Keep swimming guys!
Gooding, Rebecca “Impacts of Climate Change on Mussel Bed Communities.” Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, 2008-?. Web. 08 Sep. 2014 http://www.padillabay.gov/researchselectedgooding.asp
Nordsieck, Robert “The Blue or Common Mussel (Mytilus edulis).” The Living World of Molluscs” Web. 09/ Sept. 2014 http://www.molluscs.at/bivalvia/index.html?/bivalvia/common_mussel.html
Unknown “California Mussel.” Monteray Bay Aquarium, 2014 Monteray Bay Aquarium Foundation. Web. 09 Sept. 2014 http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animal-guide/invertebrates/california-mussel
Cowels, Dave “Mytilus trossulus Gould, 1850.” “Walla Walla University” Walla Walla University Foundation. Web. 15 Sept. 2014 http://www.wallawalla.edu/academics/departments/biology/rosario/inverts/Mollusca/Bivalvia/Mytiloida/Mytilidae/Mytilus_trossulus.html
Unknown “The Secret Lives of Mussels: America’s Most Endangered Species!” 2005 United States Geological Survey, US Department of the Interior. Web. 15 Sept 2014. URL: www.usgs.gov/blogs/features/usgs_top_story/the-secret-lives-of-mussels-americas-most-endangered-species/
Unknown “Pacific Blue Mussel” 2014Slater Museum of Natural History, University of Puget Sound. Web. 15 Sept 2014 http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/academic-resources/slater-museum/exhibits/marine-panel/pacific-blue-mussel/