Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant is proud to announce the arrival of our new “spokes-mussel” Lady Quagga. This world-wide sensation is available to go on tour to your school or public event to publicize the latest information about aquatic invasive species (AIS).
Lady Quagga is a native of the Ukraine, but quagga mussels were first sighted in the Great Lakes in 1989. Since then, along with the closely related zebra mussels, quagga populations have grown dramatically—and their impact as well. They clog pipes, outcompete other filter feeders, and leave water vulnerable to algae outbreaks.
Because Lady Quagga is unusually large for a mussel, she is a celebrity, captivating audiences with her style and message of how to help prevent the spread of AIS.
She has big shells to fill—Lady Quagga is replacing Zelda the Zebra Mussel, who retired several years ago after a long career of meeting people and making friends throughout the Great Lakes region.
If you are interested in Lady Quagga, contact her manager, Terri Hallesy.