Seashell Textures Mussel 1-5 Mussels (Mytilis edulis) growing en masse on rocks at low tide level on the beach showing byssus threads used for attachment, and sand between the shells.

7 Replies to “Seashell Textures Mussels 1-5”

  1. I think there is a tendency for mussel shell colour to change as the shell matures. The young ones have translucent shells with paler colours and orange streaks and only a little bit of blue – but progressively the blue dominates and the dark brown periostracum becomes thicker and overlies the whole shell.


  2. Hi Jessica
    GREAT 👍 This is quite similar to the shell art we blogged about yesterday.
    We found it very interesting what you write about the change of colour. We suppose that has to do with the reflection/.absorption of light that changes with every new layer of the shell.
    Keep well and thanks for sharing
    The Fab Four of Cley
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

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