Science: Fishes, Lions

A great loggerhead turtle is posed in frantic flight in an exhibition case of Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History. Its neck is stretched far forward; its flippers beat the water; its runty tail sticks straight out behind. Driving after the turtle are several varieties of sharks—leathery bodies, cold, piggish eyes, blunt snouts all straining towards the prey.

Sharks and turtle are dead & stuffed, mounted realistically to show museum visitors what roving sea life is like. That exhibit is the best and key of a whole Hall of Fishes of the World, formally opened in the museum last week. Groups represent...

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