Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Fresh Water Mussels
During our canoe trip down French Creek, we stopped to talk about the fresh water mussels. Jerry Lang, a fresh water mussel expert, talked about the diversity of mussels that make their home in the water. We learned that over 26 different types of fresh water mussels live in the French Creek and there are about 300 species in Pennsylvania (of the 800 in the world). While off to the side of the creek, we waded through the water in search of these interesting creatures. It took a little time, but eventually we found 6-7 living mussles and many more empty shells. It was a lot of fun and was surprisingly exciting for such simple creatures.