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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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    Loricifera

    Girdle Wearers

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the right side in the size display under the caption “How Big Are Most Ocean Animals?"

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    Luidia superba A.H. Clark, 1917

    Giant Sea Star

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

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    Lutjanus griseus

    Gray Snapper

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    Luvarus imperialis

    Luvar

    Model located in a display case in the Collections exhibit under the caption "Who's Related to Whom."

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    Lytechinus variegatus

    Variegated Urchin

    Photograph located in rail case of the Collections exhibit under the caption “Why Do We Need Male and Female Specimens?”

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    Lythrypnus elasson

    Dwarf Goby

    Photograph located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “How Do We Know What They'll Grow Up to Be?”

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    Macrocheira kaempferi

    Japanese Spider Crab

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

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    Macrocypraea cervus

    Atlantic Deer Cowrie

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

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    Macrorhamphosodes

    Spikefish

    Photograph located on the wall display of the Collections exhibit by the High Cases.

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    Magnapinna

    Bigfin

    Photograph located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “How Do We Know this Squid Lives in the Twilight Zone?”

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    Maiacetus inuus

    Archaeocete Whale

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

  • Manaria fusiformis

    Tapering Manaria

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “What Does it Take to Live on the Bottom?: Miles and Miles of Mud.”

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    Manta birostris

    Atlantic Manta

    Photograph located in the Zones of the Open Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “How Does Life Differ On Land and In Water?”

  • Marrella

    Description of Marrella splendens
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  • Mawsonites spriggi

    Specimen located in the Early Life section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “Meet Some of Earth's Earliest Life Forms.”

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    Megachasma pelagios

    Megamouth Shark

    Photograph located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “How Did We Miss So Many Big Weird Creatures?”

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    Melanocetus johnsonii

    Johnson's Black Anglerfish

    Specimen located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Bioluminscence: A Bright Idea (Again and Again).”

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    Melanostomias

    Dragonfish

    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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    Mesozoa

    Mesozoans

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1.

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    Metacrinus rotundus

    Japanese Sea Lily

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the left side in the relatedness display under the caption “Can You See a Resemblance?"

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    Micrura

    Ribbon Worms

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

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    Mola mola

    Ocean Sunfish

    Model located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit in the display “Who Lives Near the Sunlit Surface?”

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    Monodon monoceros

    Narwhal

    Specimen located in the High Cases of the Collections exhibit.

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    Munidopsis

    Hydrothermal Vent Squat Lobster

    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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    Munidopsis albatrossae

    Squat Lobster

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

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    Myxozoa

    Myxozoans

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1.

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    Nacella polaris

    Antarctic Limpet

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

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    Naraoia compacta

    Specimen located in the Cambrian Explosion section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “How Did They Live?”

  • Narcissia ahearnae

    Specimen located in a display case of the Collections exhibit under the caption "How Do We Use Collections?"

  • Nebela retorta

    Testate Amoeba

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

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    Nematomorpha

    Horsehair Worms

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #3 on the right side in the display on size under the caption “How Big Are Most Ocean Animals?"

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    Nemertea

    Ribbon Worms

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

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    Nemichthys scolopaceus

    Slender Snipe Eel

    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?”

  • Neoferdina offreti

    Photograph located in the Ocean Surface section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Why Don't They Leave Their Parents?”

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    Neognathophausia ingens

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    Neolithodes grimaldii (A. Milne-Edwards and Bouvier, 1894)

    Spiny King Crab

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Hidden Peaks.”

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    Neospirifer

    Brachiopod

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

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    Nephrops norvegicus

    Norway Lobster

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the right side in the relatedness display under the caption “Who Related to this Critter?"

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    Neptunea antiqua

    Red Whelk

    Specimen located in the Arctic Ocean section of the Poles Apart exhibit under the caption “What is There to Eat?”

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    Neptunea beringiana

    Fat Neptune

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

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    Neritina virginea

    Virgin Nerite

    Specimen located in a display case in the Collections exhibit under the caption "What are Collections and Why So Many?"

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    Nevadia weeksi

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

  • Nododelphinula

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

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    Notopogon fernandezianus

    Orange Bellowsfish

    Photograph located in the wall display of the Collections exhibit by the High Cases.

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    Notospermus geniculatus

    Ribbon Worm

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

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    Notostomus

    Bioluminescent Shrimp

    Photograph located in the Twilight Zone section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Why Do So Many Critters Glow?”

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    Octopus bimaculatus

    California Two-spot Octopus

    Model located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1.

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    Ogcocephalidae

    Batfishes

    Photograph located on the wall display of the Collections exhibit by the High Cases.

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    Ogcocephalus darwini

    Galápagos Batfish

    Specimen located in a display case of the Collections exhibit under the caption “What's in a Name.”

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    Olenellus thompsoni

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