Virtual Sea Odyssey

Swimmers

Observe the creatures who lived in the Burgess Shale community from a "virtual submarine".

Swimmers
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Seafloor showing several swimming animals from the Burgess Shale community. Camera in movement, travelling parallel to seafloor.

Animation by Phlesch Bubble © Royal Ontario Museum

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View Descent Descent
View Swimmers Swimmers
View Predators Predators
View Grazers Grazers
View Filterers Filterers
View Scavengers Scavengers
View Catastrophic Burial Burial
Click the icons below to learn more about the species in this sequence.

Canadia

Canadia

A swimming worm with long bristles

Isoxys

Isoxys

A swimming predator with pointy carapaces

Liangshanella

Liangshanella

A tiny arthropod with a bivalved carapace

Marrella

Marrella

An abundant arthropod with large head spines

Odaraia

Odaraia

An arthropod designed like a submarine

Pikaia

Pikaia

A very primitive fish-like animal