Hello, I’m Claire Healy, Associate Curator of Invertebrate Zoology here at the ROM. It’s almost that time again – Curator’s Corner is gearing up to bring you another opportunity to meet a curator (me!) and learn a bit more about the animals here at the museum, and the delightful organisms that I study.
This month’s Curator’s Corner is all about the invertebrate animals that live in the world’s oceans. Invertebrates are animals that don’t have a backbone, like jellyfish, snails, squid, and the organisms that I study – parasitic flatworms called tapeworms or cestodes. Invertebrates are the most diverse group of animals on the planet, and indeed the oceans, and they’ve been around far longer than vertebrates (animals that have backbones). Invertebrates were the first forms of animal life, evolving in the sea hundreds of millions of years ago.
On Saturday during Curator’s Corner, I will talk about the invertebrates in ancient oceans, bioluminescence in the ocean, and ocean foods webs, but will also share some of my personal research. The tapeworms I study are parasites that live within the bodies of sharks and stingrays. You will be amazed at the diversity of parasites that use these fishes as hosts!
Come and enjoy our hands-on, multimedia presentation. I can’t wait to tell you more about these extraordinary animals and the ocean world they live in! Join me at Curator’s Corner in the Schad Gallery of Biodiversity on Saturday, 25 August, from 11am to 4pm.