Slow-growing mussel among world's top webcams –

Slow-growing mussel among world’s top webcams Published:  04 January, 2008

The wheel of cheese webcam is also popular

THE Prince Edward Island webcam, focused on the development of a single mussel, has been named one of the top-25 most interesting webcams worldwide.

“The MusselCam is astounding in that it just sits there,” said Justin Camerlengo, director of marketing at New Jersey’s EarthCam (, which compiles the top-25 list. “I keep going back to it myself to see if it’s grown any.”

According to, the lone blue mussel is one of two Canadian entries to crack EarthCam’s list. A webcam tracking the lighthouse at Peggy’s Cove in Nova Scotia ( also landed on the list of favourites.

“If you catch it at the right time of day, it looks like a painting,” Camerlengo said.

The mussel cam comes courtesy of Flex Mussels, a restaurant in Charlottetown specialising in the bivalves. Garner Quain, co-owner of Flex Mussels, said there are between 800 and 1,000 visits every day to the site, set up three years ago.

Quain said webcam sites like his – and another popular site that has a webcam trained on a wheel of cheese – are the original “anti-cams”.

“I think there’s a kind of fascination in seeing something that’s live and motionless,” Quain explained.

“You’re watching paint dry or you’re watching a wheel of cheese age. I really don’t know what the appeal is.”

Other webcam sites on the list included coverage of scenic locations from around the world, as well as cameras capturing animals ranging from pandas to penguins.

The nature webcam sites are always popular: In 2006, an eaglecam on Hornby Island had up to 10 million hits a day on its website, with people worldwide waiting for the birth of two eaglets. is published by Special Publications. Special Publications also publish FISHupdate magazine, Fish Farmer, the Fish Industry Yearbook, the Scottish Seafood Processors Federation Diary, the Fish Farmer Handbook and a range of wallplanners.