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Caty Fairclough, an Ocean Portal writing intern, is a rising senior at Brandeis University and is a dual major in Environmental Studies and Creative Writing. She spent her childhood reading as many library books about the ocean as possible and spending a large amount of time at the beach. Last summer she interned at the Connecticut Audubon Society teaching children about flora, fauna, and their local marine environment. This summer she has the privilege of interning at the Ocean Portal.
The great predator Hurdia victoria’s prey consisted of trilobites and other smaller animals crawling on the seafloor.
Fossils from the Cambrian period are found throughout the world. The Chengjiang fossil site in china is famous for containing about 196 species of fossils, many from the Cambrian period. The Burgess Shale in Canada has...
Is it an enormous eel? No—it's a shark! The frilled shark is named for its strange appearance, including a snakelike body,...
Beluga whales are naturally vocal animals. They are often called “canaries of the sea” thanks to their wide repertoire of sounds such as...
The Haplophrentis carinatus had two oar-like appendages (called “helens”) used to stabilize the creature and help it move along the ocean bottom.
White abalones are slow-moving, algae-eating mollusks. Rapid overharvesting since the 1970s has resulted in white abalones becoming the...
The ocean moves in many ways, one of which is the shape of a wave.
The Wiwaxia corrugata may have molted its scales in order to grow past these hard boundaries.
The Ottoia prolifica has proven that cannibalism did exist in the Cambrian period since there have been portions of one Ottoia prolifica found in another specimen’s gut.
The global conveyor belt moves water all around the world.
There is a large demand for shark ecotourism.