Zebra mussels are ‘like mini-razor blades’

Published 9:39 am Friday, January 13, 2012

By Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio News

DUNVILLA — Erika Johnson paid little attention to invasive species until two years ago, when zebra mussels infested Pelican Lake, where her family has shared a cabin for 70 years.

This past summer, when Johnson learned how much zebra mussels changed life at the west central Minnesota lake.

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“The biggest thing is how sharp they are,” Johnson said. “So when you jump in the water they’re like little mini razor blades, and I’m not exaggerating. You push off at all or dive or put your foot down and hit a rock that has zebra mussels attached to it, or a clam, it’s like having a knife cut your foot. The kids get out of the water and blood is dripping off their feet.”


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