Collecting of invertebrates is a normal occurrence along our California coast. Bivalves like mussels are collected as a food source for many people, but are difficult to remove. Mussels attach to the rocks by byssal threads, tiny hair like proteins, which are strong and elastic. These have been made into fabrics, similar to silk, with byssus in the Mediterranean. Mussel thread may be the new cotton!
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