Attraction Institute of Oceanography, Trần Phú Cầu Đá, Vĩnh Nguyên tp. Nha Trang Khánh Hòa, Vietnam Published on: 04-03-2016
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Why National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam is special ?
The National Oceanographic Museum, built in 1923, may be a little run-down but you’ll find those 60,000 jars of specimens collected over its long history fascinating. Along with stuffed sea mammals, ocean related artifacts, there are also aquariums showcasing living corals, sea horses, rare colorful reef species and more.
The cement pond in the middle (1st picture below) has quite a few sharks in it. If you are a fan of the underwater world and all its inhabitants, you will like the Nha Trang National Oceanographic Museum.
It is an interesting aquarium in which you can gain the exact image of Nha Trang marine environment. Opened to the public on September 14th, 1922, today it is still a popular destination for both domestic and foreign tourists.
What to explore at National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam?
Nowhere can people expect to see a more extensive collection of living beings from the Eastern Sea like in this museum, particularly in areas like the bays of Thailand, archipelagoes of Paracels (Hoàng Sa) and Spratlys (Truong Sa), shore regions of Vietnam and the gulf of the Vat Bô.
The collection of this museum spreads out over two floors. The ground floor is home to fish tanks of varying sizes that house all manner of marine life. All kinds of fish you would find in the sea area of Khanh Hoa Province are presented there: reef sharks, turtles, living coral, anemones, puffers, lionfish, clownfish, sea horses, and a whole array of colorful reef species, some of which can be found in no other place in the world. Each of them has a label indicating their name, origin and characteristics in Vietnamese and in English.
The upstair flooor is for exhibiting specimens, local boats and fishing artifacts, plus an 18 metre long whale skeleton. Over its long history, this museum has been holding more than 20000 specimens of tropical marine creatures. Apart from the real fishes, there are also rare species’ skeletons or bodies preserved in formaldehyde solution. There are even finds of endemic species from Kampuchean Vietnamese seas and from other nearby countries, some of which are extremely rare, like the dugong or sea cow. Kids are often very excited to visit the big tropical turtles and crocodiles.
Apart from the museum aquariums, there are also many of the theme rooms in the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam which focus on marine science featuring the history of its research equipment and technology such as: “From Light to Life” (features algae and phytoplankton), “Life in a Drop of Water” (microscopic aquatic organisms), or rooms illustrating coastal natural disasters, sacred legends, traditions and culture of Vietnam fishing.
- “Fab for children”
- “Good experience”
- “Interesting and laid back place to visit.”
Institute of Oceanography, Trần Phú Cầu Đá, Vĩnh Nguyên tp. Nha Trang Khánh Hòa, Vietnam
People who don't understand much about aquatic life and their enviroments prehaps can be forgiven for overlooking the conditions these creatures are being subjected too. As a Master Scuba Diver I can tell you that these creatures are being kept in poor conditions from their natural enviroment. Small tanks overloaded with fish outside their natural conditions - a prime example being the small tanks housing over 5 Lion Fish trapped within close proximity to eachother with barely room to swim around. Alot of the fish on display would not be within such close quarters of eachother at all, no correl, their tanks would be considered poor compared to even a domsestic fishtank you would find at home. Sea Lions are locked in shaded cage container with a small pool for the two of them barely bigger then a bath tub. The place is unkept, with little information on the fish, wikepedia would provide you with a better insight into them. Just because they are fish doesnt mean they can't suffer in such an enviroment. If you want to really learn about aquatic life, wait till you at a respectful well maintained aquarium such as a Sea Life Center back home, where the fish are kept in suited enviroments for their species and taken care of. This strikes me as somewhere that if a fish dies, they will simply go and pluck another from the ocean and subject it to the same fateful future. The well-being of these animals is clearly not a priority for the staff or owners. Keep well away. Theres pleanty of diving and snorkelling in Nha Trang, if you want to see fish go see them in their happy natural enviroment where they belong and are free.