Name: Common Mussel
Scientific name: Mytilus edulis
Nature Stars: 20
About: Lives on rocky, sandy or muddy shores, from the low tide mark well out to sea. Forms large, dense 'beds' of mussels which, when exposed at low tide, are a favourite hunting ground for oystercatchers. A filter feeder.
How to identify: A very familiar shell, triangular-oval shaped and black-blue in colour, up to 7cm long.
Where: Found all round our shores.
Fantastic fact: Mussels are commercially grown on ropes, as well as harvested from wild growing populations.
Photograph credit: Photo credit tbc