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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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    Bothus ocellatus

    Eyed Flounder

    Specimen located in a display case of the Collections exhibit under the caption “What Are Collections and Why So Many?”

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    Botryocladia pseudodichotoma

    Specimen located in the High Cases of the Collections exhibit.

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    Busycon carica

    Knobbed Whelk

    Specimen located in the drawer of the Collections exhibit under the caption "Who's Related to Whom."

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    Busycotypus canaliculatus

    Channeled Whelk

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

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    Bythograea thermydron

    Hydrothermal Vent Crab

    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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    Calanus finmarchicus

    Specimen located in the A Big Mouth for Tiny Food: Baleen Whales section of the Whale exhibit under the caption "How Do Right Whales Eat?"

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    Calidris pusilla

    Semipalmated Sandpiper

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the left side in the display on habitat under the caption “You Are What You Eat."

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    Calliostoma annulatum

    Jeweled Top Snail

    Specimen located in the Catalog of Coasts section of the Shores and Shallows exhibit under the caption “Kelp Forest.”

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    Calliostoma canaliculatum

    Channeled Top Snail

    Specimen located in the Catalog of Coasts section of the Shores and Shallows exhibit under the caption “Kelp Forest.

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    Calliostoma ligatum

    Blue Top Snail

    Specimen located in the Catalog of Coasts section of the Shores and Shallows exhibit under the caption “Kelp Forest.

  • Calymene blumenbachi

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

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    Calyptogena magnifica

    Hydrothermal Vent Clam

    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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    Canadia spinosa

    Fossil located in the Cambrian Extinction section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “How Did They Live?"

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    Carcharodon carcharias

    Great White Shark

    Tooth fossil located in the Top Predators section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “Carcharadon"

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    Carcharodon megalodon

    Giant Great White Shark

    Mouth fossil located in the Top Predators section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “Carcharadon."

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    Carinaria lamarckii

    Lamarck's Carinaria

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

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    Caulerpa ashmeadii

    Green Alga

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

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    Centriscus

    Shrimpfish

    Photograph located on the wall display by the high cases of the Collections exhibit.

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    Ceratocorys horrida

    Dinoflagellate

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #2 on the left side in the size display under the caption “From Tall to Small."

  • Ceratonurus

    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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    Ceratosoma trilobatum

    Trilobate Ceratosoma

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

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    Champsocephalus gunnari

    Mackerel Icefish

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

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    Charniodiscus arboreus

    Fossil 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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    Charonia tritonis

    Triton's Trumpet

    Specimen 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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    Cheilopogon exsiliens

    Bandwing Flyingfish

    Photograph located on the Wall Display by the High Cases the Collections exhibit.

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    Chelonia mydas

    Green Turtle

    Specimen located in the High Cases of the Collections exhibit.

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    Chicoreus saulii

    Firebrand Murex

    Specimen located in the Coral Reef exhibit in the section “Dazzling, Delicate, and Teeming with Life" under the caption "Why are Reefs So Crowded with Life?"

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    Chicoreus torrefactus

    Firebrand Murex

    Specimen located in the Coral Reef exhibit in the section “Dazzling, Delicate, and Teeming with Life" under the caption "Why are Reefs So Crowded with Life?"

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    Chromodoris lochi

    Loch's Chromodoris

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

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    Cirrothauma magna

    Finned Octopus

    Model 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?"

  • Claraia

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

  • Clavelina australis

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

  • Clavelina oblonga

    Sea Squirt

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

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    Clypeaster

    Sea Urchin

    Fossil located in the Journey Through Time Exhibit on the left side (labeled Evolution) of the second case under the caption "Modern Echinoderms."

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    Clypeaster rosaceus

    Sea Biscuit

    Specimen located in the Coral Reef exhibit in the section “Dazzling, Delicate, and Teeming with Life" under the caption "Why are Reefs So Crowded with Life?"

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    Clypeaster subdepressus

    Sand Dollar

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

  • Coccolithus pelagicus

    Photograph located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the left side in the display on size under the caption “The Most Amazing Creatures You'll Never Sea."

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    Codium

    Specimen located in the High Cases of the Collections exhibit.

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    Coelopleurus floridanus

    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?"

  • Coelorinchus karrerae

    Karrer's Whiptail

    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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    Colossendeis colossea

    Giant Sea Spider

    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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    Coluzea juliae

    Julia's Pagoda Shell

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

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    Comura

    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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    Conocoryphe sulzeri

    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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    Conus ammiralis

    Admiral Cone

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the relatedness display under the caption “Variations on a Theme."

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    Conus betulinus

    Beech Cone

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the display on relatedness under the caption “Variations on a Theme."

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    Conus bullatus

    Bubble Cone

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the relatedness display under the caption “Variations on a Theme."

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    Conus capitaneus

    Captain's Cone

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the relatedness display under the caption “Variations on a Theme."

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    Conus dorreensis

    Pontifical Cone

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the relatedness display under the caption “Variations on a Theme."

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    Conus ebraeus

    Black-and-white Cone

    Specimen located in the Biodiversity section of the Entry Experience exhibit in Case #1 on the right side in the relatedness display under the caption “Variations on a Theme."