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Blue Mussels "Hang On" Along Rocky Shores: For How Long?

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Cartoon showing a threatening wave scaring blue mussels

Blue mussels face a threatening wave in this logo for the research team's project.

Credit: Jason Ramsey


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group of blue mussels anchored to rocks with byssal threads

Blue mussels anchor to rocks with byssal threads, now affected by ocean acidification.

Credit: Emily Carrington/University of Washington


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Scientist Emily Carrington among blue mussels on southern Maine's rocky shores.

Scientist Emily Carrington among blue mussels on southern Maine's rocky shores.

Credit: Amy Johnson, Bowdoin College


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Biologist Michael O'Donnell collects blue mussels on rocky shores at San Juan Island, Wash.

Biologist Michael O'Donnell collects blue mussels on rocky shores at San Juan Island, Wash.

Credit: Michael O'Donnell


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Mussel being pulled with a hook to test maximum force needed to pull it free.

To discover the tenacity of mussels, scientists test the maximum force needed to pull them free.

Credit: Michael O'Donnell


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Researchers Matt George, Michael O'Donnell and Rebecca Guenther in the lab testing water

Researchers Matt George, Michael O'Donnell and Rebecca Guenther study water chemistry.

Credit: K. Ballard, University of Washington


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