The fascinating life of mussels

This short video looks at the life cycle of the California floater mussel and how in its infancy it hitches rides on fish to get around.

Growing up in Sri Lanka, I had never encountered these creatures. My only knowledge of them was that sweet Molly Malone would sing out “cockles and mussels, alive, a live–o” as she wheeled a barrow of them through the streets of Dublin, home of pretty girls. Now I know what mussels are, I looked up what ‘cockles’ are too and they seem very similar to mussels.


  1. Dunc says

    Of course, Molly Malone was singing about Mytilus edulis, the blue or common mussel.

  2. kestrel says

    My father studied scallops (among many other things) and one thing I was astonished to learn is that scallops have beautiful blue eyes. Life is indeed fascinating.

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