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Freshwater mussel on the stream bottom | by USFWS/Southeast
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Freshwater mussel on the stream bottom

Freshwater mussels live on the stream bottom, where they can use their single foot to slowly move about.

 

Filter feeders, they open their shell slightly, bring water in from the river, filter it to get their food, then return clean water to the stream.

 

Credit: Gary Peeples/USFWS

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Taken on June 24, 2011