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Ribbed Mussel


Introduction: Ribbed mussel (Aulacomya ater) have unmistakeable continuous wavy ridges along the length of the shell, hence the common name. Beds of ribbed mussels occur on rocky reefs and in the intertidal up to about 40m deep. This is a very slow growing animal that can take up to 10 years to develop fully.

Distribution: Survives in the coldest waters of the Atlantic Ocean from the Kunene River mouth south to Mwe Bay, Terrace Bay, Torra Bay, Henties Bay, Wlozkasbaken and Jakkalsputz to Swakopmund and Walvis Bay, south to Sandwich Harbour and Luderitz.

Diet: Sucks water in and out of specialized filters.

Colouration: Brown shell in juveniles changing to blue-black in adults.

Breeding: Sperm and eggs are spawned into the water, developing into planktonic larvae.

Max size: 90mm.

Beach Lodge

Top location, right on the beach. This is a very popular accommodation choice - and rightly so.

Desert Breeze Lodge

Slightly outide town on the banks of the Swakop River and overlooking the dunes of the Namib Desert. Excellent for those wanting a desert setting near the convenience of town

Swakopmund Sands Hotel

Close to the main beach and Swakopmund aquarium, also boasts a heated swimming pool

Hotel Pension Rapmund

Very centrally located with a quaint German atmosphere.

Sea Side Hotel & Spa

A new hotel and spa complex situated north of town in the suburb of Mile 4

The Stiltz

Absolutely unique! Built on stilts into the Swakop River - many units offer great views. Feels more like a traditional country lodge rather than an establishment in a busy tourist town.

Car Hire Swakopmund