Fan Mussel Shell

Gairloch Museum

This very large fan mussel shell was found in Loch Ewe and is believed to have been around twenty years old. It’s one of the largest examples ever found. 

Britain’s biggest bivalve shellfish, the fan mussel (slige-ghaotharain) is now extremely rare due to scallop dredging.  

Dredging is now known to cause severe damage to marine life and habitats. It’s now banned in Scotland’s marine protected areas. 

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Date: 1970
Materials : Shell
Size : 31cm x 17cm x 40cm

Associated Activity

On Reflection

Memorialising… Declining Animal Species



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