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Native Glenelg freshwater mussels return to the river after being evacuated during bushfires

As last summer’s relentless fire season forced thousands of people and wildlife to flee, a very small, special aquatic animal was undergoing an evacuation of its own in Victoria’s far south-west.

Scientists travelled out and gently collected dozens of small freshwater mussels from a river in the hope of ensuring the fragile species had a future as fires threatened its habitat.

For eight months those mussels have been carefully tended to and kept alive in a lab environment in Melbourne, and yesterday they were returned home to a tributary of the Glenelg River.

Tarmo Raadik, a senior research scientist with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning’s Arthur Rylah Institute, said returning the molluscs back to the…

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