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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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    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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    Microcladia coulteri

    Red Algae

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

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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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    Morus bassanus

    Northern Gannet

    Specimen located in the High Cases of the Collections exhibit.

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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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    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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    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?"

  • Nebelidae

    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

    Giant Luminescent Opossum Shrimp

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    Neolithodes grimaldii

    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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    Odobenus rosmarus

    Walrus

    Photograph 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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    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."

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    Olenoides

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

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    Ommastrephes bartramii

    Webbed Squid

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

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    Oncorhynchus nerka

    Sockeye Salmon

    Model located in the Salmon-Human Connections section of the temporary exhibit under the caption “Out of Respect for the Salmon.”

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    Oncorhynchus tshawytscha

    Chinook Salmon

    Model located in the Salmon-Human Connections section of the temporary exhibit under the caption “Where Salmon Live Many Species Benefit.”

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    Oneirophanta mutabilis

    Spiky White Cucumber

    Specimen located in the Deep Ocean section of the Open Ocean exhibit under the caption “Miles and Miles of Mud.”

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    Opabinia regalis

    Specimen located in the Cambrian Explosion section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “What Are They?”

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    Ophioblennius macclurei

    Atlantic Red-lipped Blenny

    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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    Ophioblennius steindachneri

    Pacific Fanged Blenny

    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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    Ophiocoma echinata

    Black Brittle Star

    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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    Ophiolepis

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

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    Ophiomusium lymani

    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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    Ophiura sarsii

    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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    Opistognathus aurifrons

    Yellowhead Jawfish

    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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    Orcinus orca

    Killer Whale

    Specimen located in the Top Predators section of the Journey Through Time exhibit under the caption “Killer Whales.”