Bay Mussel
(Mytilus edulis)

HABITAT: The bay mussel is usually found in dense clusters attached to hard surfaces, rocks, pilings, ships, buoys.

DIET: The bay mussel is a filter feeder and filters out decaying organic matter, zooplankton, and phytoplankton from the water for food.

PREDATORS: The mussel is prey to snails, crabs, birds, and humans.

FUN FACT: The mussel anchors to hard surfaces by using hardened mucus as an extremely strong natural glue. Mussels are a great indicator species, a species whose presence tells us about the health of an ecosystem.