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Bag of golden riffleshell mussels | by USFWS/Southeast
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Bag of golden riffleshell mussels

In September, 2017, a total of 700 golden riffleshell mussels, a federally-endangered species, were released into the Clinch River and Indian Creek. The release comes nearly twenty years after a chemical spill from an overturned tanker truck eliminated the mussel from the Clinch River; and after years of work to rear the animal in captivity by the states of Virginia and Kentucky as well as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Virginia Tech.


Credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS


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Taken on September 21, 2017