Mussels in the Wild
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Mussels in the Wild

A tale of a flowing river, where finned, furred, shelled, feathered and the invisible swim, hop, flutter, float and crawl in an ever-changing watery world. A freshwater momma mussel waits patiently for a special fish to give her babies a ride to their new riverbed homes, where each one can munch and and nibble phytoplankton and diatoms from the river water. Each mussel can filter and clean up to twenty gallons of water every day of its hundred-year lifespan, but will the babies make the journey safely in their special fish?

This storybook is an extension of The Mussel Hatchery exhibition which opened in February 2017 at the Fairmount Water Works in Philadelphia, PA.

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