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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.
Anemone porcelain crabs may look delicate but they have their own sort of armor: a hard exoskeleton. They live under rocks, sponges, groups of feather...
The mauve stinger’s (Pelagia noctiluca) name in German means “night light,” referring to the jelly’s reddish coloring and its bioluminescence, the display of...
The scalloped hammerhead shark is one of the five species CITES has protected.
Sharks have been feared hunters ever since people first observed them swimming in the vast ocean. Yet today, sharks are declining rapidly on a...
When hoping to discover a pearl, looking inside one of the oysters you slurp may not be the best plan. Food oysters in the family ...
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.
The Haplophrentis carinatus had two oar-like appendages (called “helens”) used to stabilize the creature and help it move along the ocean bottom.
There is a large demand for shark ecotourism.
The ocean moves in many ways, one of which is the shape of a wave.
Beluga whales are naturally vocal animals. They are often called “canaries of the sea” thanks to their wide repertoire of sounds such as...
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.