Lake Ontario Shells
Name: Mary Ver W.
On the shore of Lake Ontario, New York State, I have
found thousands of small shells. They are very small compared to
clams. Are these shells from the mussels that have invaded our area. I
am 71 years old and do walk a lot and I just found your web page and it
has already answered so many questions. thank you so much.
I do not have an answer to your question, but it is an interesting
observation. I would gather a sample of the shells and send them to one of the
1. Department of Natural Resources.
2. A zoology department at a local college / university.
3. Local museum of natural history.
Identification of the origin of such shells requires someone who is
knowledgeable about the local lake-life and history of the area.
If they were brown and white striped, they are zebra mussels.
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Update: June 2012