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Life in the Sea
The new blue whale model, as seen from the entrance to the “Life in the Sea”...
Blue Whale Model
Taxidermist/model maker John Widener working on the new blue whale model, 1962.
A Whale for the Fair
Workers prepare the giant blue whale cast for presentation at the St. Louis...
The First Cast
The world’s first full cast of a whale, part of the Smithsonian’s display at...
The Borer of Holes
These clams (Pholas dactylus) are dazzling to see. From their encased homes,...
The Loco of Chile
The loco (Concholepas concholepas, often called the Chilean abalone, although it...
No, this is not an alien spaceship from another world—it is a baby file clam...
Pearls of Wisdom
When hoping to discover a pearl, looking inside one of the oysters you slurp may...