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Blue mussels in Qaanaaq

Photo: Jakob Thyrring
Photo: Mads Ole Kristiansen

PhD student Jakob Thyrring traveled to Northwest Greenland to study the world’s northernmost population of blue mussels. The blue mussel is an ecological key species and constitutes an excellent indicator of climate change in the Arctic. The purpose was to survey the distribution of blue mussels and their adaptability to the extreme High Arctic environment to which they only recently migrated. The blue mussel creates new habitats and is an important food source for a number of animal species. It is important to understand the migration pattern of the blue mussel and its adaptation to the High Arctic environment if we are to understand the ecological consequences of the warming Arctic oceans.

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