Nha Trang Oceanographic Museum located inside the Institute
of Oceanography (01 Cau Da, Nha Trang City) is a prime
destination for tourists.
The museum houses a diverse collection of ocean creatures
and conducts marine research.
its establishment in 1923, the Institute of Oceanography has
collected and preserved more than 20,000 specimens and more
than 4,000 sea and freshwater species. The institute also
has a number of live specimens in their aquariums.
For Vietnamese fishermen, the whale is a legendary beast. In
fact, there are numerous temples dedicated to dead whales.
Also known as ca ong (lord fish), whales are tremendous
mammals who give birth and feed their offspring with milk.
According to the researchers, the whale has existed for more
than 70mil years, but is currently in danger of extinction
as a result of hunting. Since 1931, many countries have
actively protected the whale through whale protection
This year, the museum has added new specimens and dedicated
a 250-square-meter area to displaying whales.
Within the exhibition area, the skeleton of a giant Humpback
whale stretching 19-meters long and weighing nearly one ton
has made a strong impression on tourists.
While digging a ditch in 1994, the people of Hai Hau Commune
in Nam Ha Province discovered the skeleton 1.2-meters below
The site of the skeleton was four kilometers from the sea,
but in the past, was a beach. The work of moving and
restoring the skeleton took great care and effort from all
The exhibition area also features a skeleton of a Dugong, a
large marine mammal, which died in early 1997 at Lo Voi, Con
Dao National Park in Vung
Tau. The skeleton spans 273
centimeters and weighs 300 kilograms. The Dugong was
considered a mermaid in ancient Greek tales due to its
howling, which resembled a woman singing.
The exhibition also includes illustrated images of whale
skeletons from throughout the country including two that
died in 1995; one at Tho Chu Island from the Quang Ninh
Museum and another that died in Tien Hai District from the
Thai Binh Museum. The one from Thai Binh stretches 13.5
meters with 13 sets of ribs. An image of the skeleton of the
largest Fin Whale is also on display. It measures two meters
in length and was discovered in 1850 and is currently
preserved in Van Thuy Tu (Phan
In addition to skeletal structures and images, the exhibit
features pictures and movies about the life of different
types of whales such as the Humpback, North Pacific Right
The exhibition at the Oceanographic Museum is not only
informative, but also educates the public about preserving
these precious creatures.
Source : SGT