|Im searching for a science fair project topic and
was wondering if the topic of , "Can shell fish
live in anything other then salt water?" Im also
trying to find a mentor to help me with my
science fair project. If you can please give me
some names of anybody who would be interested in
helping me i would extremely appreciate it!
It depends on what you mean by "shell fish".
There are several species of estuarine
and bivalves than can tolerate the lower
salinities that one might encounter in these
habitats. There are also many species of fresh
water crustaceans, which include a number of
shrimp species (and the common crayfish, to which
may already be familiar). Probably one of the
most impressive is the Malaysian giant freshwater
prawn (Macrobranchium sp.) which is farmed
commercially in many parts if the world for human
I suggest that you think about varying the DEGREE
of saltiness as opposed to plus or minus salt. You
probably already have thought about this, but
consider that "not all salt water is the same. "For
example, compare the middle of the Santa Barbara
Channel to the Carpinteria mud flats. Do you think
that the water is the same? Also think about
temperature, levels of oxygen and potential
fouling agents. You might be able to make more
contacts and get more ideas by checking out the
Marine Science Institute Website:
MSI at UCSB
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