Science: Strange Specimens

Professional ichthyologists of the Smithsonian Institution and the American Museum of Natural History fidgeted last week. The Yacht Ara was in port at Miami, Fla., carrying—besides her owner, Commodore William K. Vanderbilt, amateur ichthyologist—a fresh cargo of exotic marine life from pregnant Pacific depths. There were six-inch sharks—white and gray streaked, tinged with orange; a strange eel; a phosphorescent deep-dwelling fish; and a score or more of other creatures which no one in the Vanderbilt party was scientist enough to identify, if indeed the specimens were identifiable and not new species altogether....

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