Just a little reminder that the swatch of mussels and barnacles that seems monotonous is hiding a secret. Mussel beds provide a great habitat for all sorts of organisms, sheltering them from predators and crashing waves, as well as the sun.
I know there’s only 4 phyla clearly visible, but that’s with a sample size of one mussel. Test your brain, what do you see in this photo? What are the phyla? the species?
For everyone’s sake, I wouldn’t go ripping up mussel patches to see what you can see, but do take a closer look in between, kinda like peeking into a forest.
For more info of mussel bed diversity, a great place to start is A Snail’s Odyssey. The papers aren’t the newest, but it’s a great start to look for literature, and gives a nice overview of things.