Photo #1414 – 09.28.12
Black mussels are interesting little bivalves. They have all kinds of neat things, like a single foot, a couple siphons, and things called byssal threads that are actually strong fibers that mussels use to anchor themselves to whatever they might like to anchor to. In this case, this mass of mussels was clinging to a large jetty rock along the coast of New Jersey.
To anyone that can tell me how many mussels are in the above photo, I will offer a good ol’ fashioned high-five…good luck!