Bivalves: Nature’s Water Filters

Small but mighty

On ocean floors and riverbeds, colonies of organisms clad in armor plating filter minute organisms out of the water around them.  These creatures remain in the same spots for years at a time and can siphon huge amounts of water throughout the course of their lifetimes.  Tiny fortresses nestled among the rocks and sand, they are essential recyclers and filters for aquatic environments. These interesting creatures, collectively called bivalves, can be of use to us in the monitoring and restoration of damaged aquatic ecosystems…


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