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Mussel mysteries

How researchers are investigating the mussels, snails and other animals living near hot vents in the South Pacific


On deck. Image courtesy of L. Podowski Four musselpots secured to the lab wall, to prevent them moving as the ship pitches and yaws. Image courtesy of L. Podowski In a  lab on the Melville. Image courtesy of L. Podowski Open mussel shells, each hinged at the center, drying on blue paper. Image courtesy of L. Podowski Dozens of bluish snail shells, tightly grouped. Image courtesy of M. Tivey / W.H.O.I. Kevin Zelnio scrutinizes his instruments. Image courtesy of L. Podowski
At night, on the Melville. Image courtesy of L. Podowski