Caught in the Act! Barnacles Filter Feeding at the NEAq!

As previously mentioned, teaching science AND keeping students interested can be a bit of challenge. Fortunately for me, as a TA of the marine biology lab, I have one lab that is guaranteed to make the students happy and excited to come to class- the end of semester fieldtrip to the New England Aquarium (NEAq)!

We (Chris Newton, my fellow TA, and I) were a bit worried about the selection of exhibits that would be available since the NEAq is undergoing some major renovations. But luckily for us many were open – including the rocky intertidal touch area which had just opened that day! Of course as an intertidal ecologist I was drawn to this exhibit. It was there I got to meditate on barnacles feeding – taking advantage of and gaining a bit of energy from some pretty turbulent waters…


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