BROOKFIELD, Conn. — As Brookfield police took the plunge into Candlewood Lake to practice cold water dives this past weekend, they also investigated a report of possible zebra mussels in the lake, according to the Candlewood Lake Authority.
Fortunately, the divers found Asian clams — but not zebra mussels as had been reported, the Candlewood Lake Authority said on its Facebook page.
The Asian clam, although a non-native species like the zebra mussel, is not considered to be a big potential problem like the zebra mussels would, the group said.
Asian clams are similar in size to zebra mussels but have a different shape, coloring, and pattern. (The differences are shown in the photos above.)
Asian clams live in the sediment, while zebra mussels are usually found attached to hard surfaces such as a rock or boat, according to the Lake Authority.
Asian clams have been to the lake authority for a few years, but there are no confirmed zebra mussels in Candlewood Lake, the group said.
"Many thanks to the Brookfield Police Department Dive Team for helping to keep an underwater eye on our lake," the Candlewood Lake Authority said in its post.
Owners are reminded to clean, drain and dry their boats if they are transported to and from any other body of water.