A bed of ribbed mussels lays amongst the smooth cordgrass on the western shores of the Little Neck Bay. Ribbed Mussels live throughout the eastern coast of the United States, making their homes in the intertidal zones, most commonly in salt marshes. Unlike Blue Mussels that routinely anchor on to docks and other structures, ribbed mussels half borrow themselves in the muddy area of the shorelines. They play a critical role in the health of salt marshes by establishing a habitat within the root structures of smooth cordgrass, thus providing essential nutrients that enhances the plant systems. They also provide the smooth cordgrass with better stability, allowing the plants to better weather harsh stores or ice accumulations.
Little Neck Bay, Queens
Photo by: @thenicebrice