[ Back to EurekAlert! ]

Contact: Sandra Hines
University of Washington

Mussel Foot Molds Thread

Caption: A mussel suspended in a University of Washington laboratory has already created one byssal thread and is reaching out its foot to mold a second strong, flexible thread. Mussels typically create 50 threads to anchor themselves in place.

Credit: L Coutts/Friday Harbor Laboratories/UW

Usage Restrictions: Credit required

Related news release: Mussels cramped by environmental factors

[ Back to EurekAlert! ]