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According to the recent reports revealed, a foreign species of mussel have been discovered in a reservoir in London. This mussel specie could cause a big threat not only natural, local species, but the overall economy of Britain. Regrettably for the Brits, the nature experts revealed that this insidious sea life species can not just inflict disaster on the local ecology, but their way of living can also affect the water supply, which would eventually affect the water bill for many residents.
On October 21st, the species known as Dreissena rostriformis bugensis, or Quagga Mussel was found splashed all over the boat hulls in the London reservoir. The nature experts said that, this mussel species have the perfect capability of moving into this habitat and choke off the local species. Over the course of past few years, these mussels came from the Ponto-Caspian region, situated in Southeast Europe.
Quagga Mussel actually originated from the Caspian and Black sea regions of Europe and feed on various kinds of algae. This is what that makes them great symbiotic organisms for the boaters. However, Quagga Mussel is much more aggressive than Zebra Mussel (near-indistinguishable cousin) that’s they seems to be more dangerous.
Jeff Knott, the head of conservation policy at the Wildlife and Wet Life Trust stated that, “These tiny mussels can be destructive, though they look so inoffensive and that’s the reason why it seems hard for the boaters, anglers, and other water users to avoid accidentally transmitting them between water bodies when they handle on their equipment. That’s why, I advise all water users to sterilize their equipment both before and after use. He also suggested to clean the equipment properly as often as possible to prevent continued contact with this invasive organism.”