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The Zebra Mussel

The Zebra Mussel is an invasive species of the Barataria Terrebonne Estuary.

b boudreaux

on 25 March 2013

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Transcript of The Zebra Mussel

Be Cautious If You See: Criminal Report: The Striped Invader The Zebra Mussel
a black and white dressed mussel (striped pattern on its shell).
a mussel filtering algae for food, instead of plankton and other microorganisms
A height (length) of two inches or smaller. Last Seen
*Natives to Eastern Europe and Western Russia
*This specie came in the ballast tank of ships and submarines.
*The ballast tank of ships and submarines fill with water of the surrounding area. Crime: Mussel to human bullying
clog sewer pipes
clog irrigation pumps
clog public water systems
clog industrial heat exchangers
clog power plant cooling systems Controlling the Criminal
Best Choice: prevent the growth and migration of the species at it beginning stage or before they are able to pass into different areas
Next: Clean boating Methods
Next: preoxidizing water
WARNING: The use of chemicals
Most Common: filtering or mechanical scraping of the species. AKA-Dreissena polymorpha
"The Clandestine Clam Suspected Hideouts:
*First seen in the U.S. in these bodies of water:
*Lake St. Clair, which connect to Lake Huron and Erie, attaching solid surface in or near the body of water
- As filter feeders, they alter the clarity and transparency of water by removing solids from water as they feed-- increase photosynthesis and primary productivity
- Create competition throughout the ecosystem
-attaching to other native mussels and killing them
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