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A quick guide to the standouts of the National Museum of Natural History’s “Ocean Hall Class of 2008”

Sea spiders (pycnogonids) were found on the slope and base habitats of Davidson Seamount, California. (NOAA / Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute)
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In the Ocean Hall some 100 sea creatures reside preserved in glass jars. Each specimen has its own unique traits, and together the collection represents the vast diversity of sea life. Here is a quick guide to the standouts of the "Ocean Hall Class of 2008."

Most Likely to Get Ahead
The monkfish, whose head makes up 75 percent of its body.

Most Likely to Stick it to the Man
Cone shells. These mollusks inject their unsuspecting prey with a fast-acting poison.

Best Accessorized
The Johnson's black anglerfish, which lures prey into its mouth with a small phosphorescent light that dangles from its forehead.

Most Likely to Go Places
The purple bubble raft snail, which drifts on a dinghy of self-created bubbles.

Most Down and Dirty
Acorn worms, which burrow in sand, sediment and mud. Some are as long as eight feet.

Most Likely to Star in a Horror Movie
The giant sea spider, whose long mouthpart sucks the tissue out of its invertebrate prey.

Best Holiday Spirit
The Christmas tree worm, which extends pine-tree-like plumes to eat and breathe.

Most Colorful Character
Flatworms. These sluglike invertebrates come in a host of brilliant hues and patterns.

Ocean Views, a photography exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History spotlights the ocean’s vast wildlife and environment. Nature’s Best Photography and the museum invited photographers of all skill levels to submit their photos of the sea. Over 10,000 photos were submitted and Ocean Views showcases the very best. The exhibit complements the museum’s Ocean Hall, opening September 27, 2008... Hawksbill Turtle off the coast of French Cay, Turks and Caicos Islands (Christopher Guglielmo)
Gentoo Penguins in Neko Harbour, Antarctica (Cynthia Walpole)
Goliath Grouper and Cigar Minnows offshore Jupiter, Fla. (Douglas David Seifert)
Sperm Whale off Pico Island, Azores, Portugal (Franco Banfi)
Iceberg in fog off Quirpon Island, Newfoundland (John Sylvester)
Tripletail Wrasse in Tulamben, Bali, Indonesia (Keri Wilk)
California Sea Lion in Monterey Bay, California (Kevin Schafer)
Orca Whales off Vancouver Island, British Columbia (Ralph Lee Hopkins)
John Hopkins Inlet in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska (Jon Cornforth)
Western Clown Anemonefish in Lembeh Strait, North Sulawesi, Indonesia (Takako Uno)
Walrus in Cape Lee, Edge Island (Ralph Lee Hopkins)
Wailau Beach rainbow near North Shore Molokai, Hawaii (Jon Cornforth)
Florida Manatees in Three Sisters Spring, Crystal River, Fla. (Todd Essick)
Spine-cheek Anemonefish in Raja Ampat, Indonesia (Todd Mintz)
Harbor Seal in LeConte Glacier, Alaska (Tom and Pat Leeson)
Sea Otter in Prince William Sound, Alaska (Tom and Pat Leeson)
Boulders on Beach in Island Hoy, Orkney Islands, Scotland (Verena and Georg Popp)
Moon Jellyfish off Boston Harbor, Boston, Mass. (Wayne J. Dudley)
Humpback Whale in the Silver Bank Marine Mammal Sanctuary, Dominican Republic (Wyland)
Jellyfish in Raja Ampat, West Papua, Indonesia (Yeang Ch’ng)
About Anika Gupta
Anika Gupta

Anika Gupta’s writing has appeared in India and the United States, including in Business Today magazine, where she served as its first digital content editor, the Hindustan Times newspaper and Smithsonian magazine. Currently, she is a Master's student at MIT, where she studies user-generated content and mainstream media culture. She's also a science writer, media blogger, and essayist.

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