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The Underwater Library at Scripps Institution of Oceanography

For decades, the Scripps Oceanographic Collections have amassed millions of marine organisms and geological samples that continue to yield scientific discoveries

The Scripps Oceanographic Collections are the largest university-based oceanographic collections in the world. It is comprised of the Marine Vertebrate, Benthic Invertebrate, Pelagic Invertebrate, and Geological Collections. Photo by Oriana Poindexter.

By Chase Martin, Apr 08, 2021

The bucket of preserved fish opens, but it doesn’t smell as bad as you might think.

Like vinegar, with a hint of sardine. OK, maybe it’s bad, but if you’re Ben Frable, manager of the Marine Vertebrate Collection at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, you’re used to it.

Frable removes the contents: an oarfish, the longest bony fish alive, tightly curled to fit inside its shipping container.

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