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Smithsonian Sant Ocean Hall Collections

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The Sant Ocean Hall is an exhibit on the first floor of Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, in Washington, DC. It provides visitors with a unique and breathtaking introduction to the majesty of the ocean. The hall's combination of 674 marine specimens and models, high-definition video, and the newest technology allows visitors to explore the ocean's past, present, and future.

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    Abralia veranyi

    Midwater Squid

    Photograph located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "Light to Hide By."

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    Acanthaster planci

    Crown of Thorns Sea Star

    Specimen located in the Coral Reef exhibit under the caption "Dazzling, Delicate, and Teeming with Life."

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    Acanthemblemaria

    Tube Worm Blenny

    Specimen located in the Coral Reef exhibit under the caption "Dazzling, Delicate, and Teeming with Life."

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    Acanthopyge

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit on the left side, labeled "Evolution," of the first case of Trilobites under the caption "Trilobites Everywhere."

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    Acanthurus

    Indian Ocean Mimic Surgeonfish

    Fossil located in the KP Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption "Who Lives? Who Dies?"

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    Acropora

    Staghorn Corals

    Coral head specimen located in the high cases of the Collections exhibit.

  • Acropora austera

    Photograph located in the Zones of the Open Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "How Do Populations Get Started?"

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    Acropora hyacinthus

    Hyacinth Table Coral

    Photograph located in the Zones of the Open Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "How Do Populations Get Started?"

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    Acropora palmata

    Elkhorn Coral

    Specimen located in the Coral Reef exhibit under the caption "What is Coral?"

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    Acropora prolifera

    Fused Staghorn

    Model located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3.

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    Alepisaurus ferox

    Longnose Lancetfish

    Model located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "What Does It Take to Survive in the Twilight Zone?"

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    Alicella gigantea

    Giant Amphipod

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "Who Lives in the Deep Ocean?"

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    Alima neptuni

    Mantis Shrimp

    Specimen located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "Sunny Nursery."

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    Alitta virens

    King Ragworm

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3.

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    Alopias vulpinus

    Common Thresher Shark

    Model located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the right side in the display about size labeled "How Big is a Shark?."

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    Amblyrhynchus cristatus

    Marine Iguana

    Model located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3.

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    Amphipneustes lorioli

    Heart Urchins

    Specimen located in the Southern Ocean section of the Poles Apart exhibit under the caption "What is There to Eat?"

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    Anchoa argentivittata

    Regan's Anchovy

    Specimen located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "Who Lives Near the Sunlit Surface?"

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    Anemonia sargassiensis

    Sargassum Anemone

    Model located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit in the Turn-Table Sargassum Model.

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    Anomalocaris

    Mouth fossil located in the Cambrian Explosion section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption "How Did They Live?"

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    Anomalocaris canadensis

    Claw fossil located in the Cambrian Explosion section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption "How Did They Live?"

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    Anoplogaster cornuta

    Fangtooth

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "What Does it Take to Live in the Deep Water Column?"

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    Anoplopoma fimbria

    Sablefish

    Photograph located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "Rough Going for Orange Goby."

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    Anous minutus

    Black Noddy

    Model located in the Catalog of Coasts section of the Shores and Shallow exhibit under the caption "Volcanic Islands."

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    Aphrocallistes beatrix

    Deep Sea Sponge

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the left side in the relatedness display under the caption "Looks Can Be Deceiving."

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    Aptenodytes forsteri

    Emperor Penguin

    Photograph located in the Southern Ocean section of the Poles Apart exhibit under the caption "How They Survive the Deep Freeze."

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    Archaea

    Archaeans

    Microbial mats photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1.

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    Architeuthis dux

    Giant Squid

    The female giant squid is located in a long case beneath the model of Phoenix the North Atlantic Right Whale. The male giant squid is located in a display case in Collections under the caption "How Giant is a Giant Squid?"

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    Ardea alba

    Great Egret

    Photograph located in the Catalog of Coasts section of the Shores and Shallows exhibit under the caption "Home Sweet Marsh."

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    Argyropelecus gigas

    Greater Silver Hatchetfish

    Specimen located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption "What Big (and Weird) Eyes You Have!"

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    Arthropoda phylum

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the display on size under the caption “Big, Small, and In Between."

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    Asaphellus

    Fossil located in the Permian Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption "A Whole New World."

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    Asaphus kowalewskii

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit on the rail display of the first case of trilobites on the left side, labelled Evolution, under the caption "Why Were There So Many Kinds of Trilobites?"

  • Asaphus latus

    Fossil located in the Permian Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the Caption "A Whole New World."

  • Atlanta peroni

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the left side in the display on habitat under the caption “Do Related Animals Always Live in the Same Environment."

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    Aurelia aurita

    Moon Jellyfish

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the right side in the habitat display labeled "Where You Live Affects How You Live."

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    Balaenoptera musculus

    Blue Whale

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the left side in the display on size under the caption “From One Extreme to the Other."

  • Baltagnostus

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time Exhibit on the left side (labeled Evolution) of the first case of trilobites under the caption "The Age of Trilobites."

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    Bangia vermicularis

    Red Alga

    Fossil located in the Early Life section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “From One Cell to Many.”

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    Bangiomorpha pubescens

    Fossil located in the Early Life section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “From One Cell to Many.”

  • Basilosaurus cetoides

    Archaeocete Whale

    Fossil located in the Whale Evolution section of the Whale exhibit under the caption “The Evolution of a Whale.”

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    Bathocyroe fosteri

    Bioluminescent Comb Jelly

    Photograph located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Who Lives Near the Sunlit Surface?”

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    Bathydraco marri

    Deepwater Dragon

    Specimen located in the Arctic Ocean section of the Poles Apart exhibit under the caption “How They Survive in the Deep Freeze.”

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    Bathymodiolus thermophilus

    Hydrothermal Vent Mussel

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Fed By the Earth: Hydrothermal Vent Ecosystems.”

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    Bathynomus giganteus

    Giant Isopod

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 in on the right side in the size display under the caption “Big, Small, and In Between."

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    Bathypterois grallator

    Tripodfish

    Model located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Who Lives in the Deep Ocean?”

  • Bergeroniellus

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time Exhibit on the left side (labeled Evolution) of the first case of trilobites under the caption "The Age of Trilobites."

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    Beroe

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2.

  • Bolaspidella

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time exhibit on the left side (labeled Evolution) of the first case of Trilobites under the caption "The Age of the Trilobites."

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    Boreogadus saida

    Arctic Cod

    Specimen located in the Arctic Ocean section of the Poles Apart exhibit under the caption “How They Survive in the Deep Freeze.”