SM9637 : Common mussel (Mytilus edulis)

taken 8 years ago, near to Fishguard/Abergwaun, Pembrokeshire/Sir Benfro, Great Britain

Common mussel (Mytilus edulis)
Common mussel (Mytilus edulis)
The rocks around the old harbour support a large population of common mussels, exposed and accessible at the lowest tides only. They cling in masses to the rock surfaces by means of byssal threads, familiar to cooks as the beards, and they derive nutriment from filtering plankton from the sea water. Thus the mussels positioned higher up are smaller since they spend less time under water which restricts their feeding opportunities.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 3 January, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 4 January, 2010
Category
Sea life   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 961 376 [100m precision]
WGS84: 51:59.9759N 4:58.2428W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SM 961 376
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EAST (about 90 degrees)
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