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California Floater Mussels Take Fish For an Epic Joyride

Season 7 Episode 8 | 4m 46s

The California floater mussel does a surprising amount of travel - for a bivalve. First it gets ejected from its parent's shell into the wide watery wilderness. Then it leads a nomad's life clamped on the fins or gills of a fish. Once it's all grown up, the mussel goes to work filtering the water, keeping it clean for all the life that depends on it.

Aired: 04/20/20
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After cochineals die, their legacy lives on in the brilliant red hue produced by their hemolymph!
Those rows of orange cluster under a fern leaf are spores waiting to be catapulted away.
These tiny marine flatworms are smaller than a grain of rice but have amazing abilities!
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Corals create an underwater "snowstorm" by sending tiny white spheres up the water column.
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