Filtering the sea

By: Arjen Drost

May 02 2010

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Category: the Netherlands

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Aperture:f/14
Focal Length:25mm
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Camera:Canon EOS 5D Mark II

Mussels

About 10 years ago I started working for de Natuurschool (the Nature school). For this organization I guided many school excursions. A few years ago I stopped working as a guide, but now I return every year with my own school for an excursion. Highlight is always the walk we have on the mudflat. The Wadden Sea is a very shallow sea and large parts of it dry up during low tide. It’s always nice to walk around on a place where there was over a meter of water only a few hours ago.

Here you see a bed of Mussels. These shells filter their food out of the sea. Therefor the sea bottom next to those beds are always more muddy as the area’s at a greater distance. It is said that all the water (at high tide) in the Wadden Sea passes a Mussel every 14 days!

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