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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 Wiwaxia corrugata may have molted its scales in order to grow past these hard boundaries.
Opabinia was a strange looking creature: it had five mushroom-like eyes that allowed it to see predators approaching from many directions.
Not all fossils from the Cambrian period became amulets; instead the extinct Hallucigenia sparsa was notable for its spines.
The scalloped hammerhead shark is one of the five species CITES has protected.
The ocean moves in many ways, one of which is the shape of a wave.
Rip currents are dangerous and fast moving.
A relative of insects, trilobites lived on the ocean floor during the Cambrian period. Some would curl up like pill bugs while others burrowed underneath sand and mud.
Diving to survey, sample, and manage marine life takes a great deal of skill and knowledge. This diver is sampling the seafloor, also known as the benthic zone. This kind of...
When hurricanes blow through an area, they don’t just have an impact on humans. These intense wind events also cause...
A bowl of traditional shark fin soup.
The blue-spotted stingray (Taeniura lymma) doesn’t like to be covered in sand like other species of stingray do. Instead, it prefers to show off its beautiful...
The Bay of Fundy in Nova Scotia, Canada has the highest tidal range. The tides range from 3.5m (11ft) to 16m (53ft) and cause erosion to the landscape, creating massive cliffs.