Sheep Crab

Sheep Crab

It may be called a sheep crab but it looks nothing like a sheep and it sure doesn’t make a sound like a sheep. So, why are they called sheep crabs? It is reported that the name “sheep” comes from the wool-like algae that covers their exoskeleton...

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The Elusive Leopard Shark

The Elusive Leopard Shark

On beautiful, clear days here on Catalina Island, taking a stroll down the pier is the perfect way to spot our elusive friend, the leopard shark! These shy guys love to hang out in Catalina’s shallow coves and search the sand for benthic, or...

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Hundred-Foot Sea Star Race

Hundred-Foot Sea Star Race

It’s probably without a doubt that during your visit to CIMI you participated in a Sea Star Derby. That’s right, a race of the Stars. A good, old-CIMI-fashioned Sea Star Flip Race! And you probably without a doubt wondered, “how did those sea...

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The North American Bison

The North American Bison

The North American Bison, scientific name Bison bison, was first brought to Catalina Island back in 1924. These gentle giants were brought to the island for the production of the film “The Vanishing American”, which was never fully completed...

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How to use a Dichotomous Key

How to use a Dichotomous Key

One of my guilty pleasures is taking personality quizzes online with silly titles like, “Which Flavor of Ice Cream are you?” or “Which Teen Heartthrob is Your One True Bae?”. They ask questions like “Do you like long walks on the beach?” and you...

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