COCOA – Smithsonian researchers are probing the particle preferences of clams and oysters to weigh their roles as potential lagoon saviors.

Biologists from the Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce hope to find out which shellfish — or other filter feeder — cleanses best, and where.

They pumped Indian River Lagoon water through a series of clams and oysters at Cocoa's Riverfront Park this week, to see what size particles the bivalves remove from the water.

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