Sheltered in an old French-colonial building next to Cau Dau Wharf, 6 kilometers south of Nha Trang is the National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam. The museum all started with the establishment of Oceanographic Institute of Nha Trang, which was founded in September 14, 1922. After 80 years of intensified research, the institute published more than 150 books, over 1100 research works on magazines and some foreign reviews. Currently, the institute is able to share the fruit of these long studies of the Eastern Sea with the public through the construction of the oceanographic museum.
The National Oceanographic Museum of Vietnam has the most extensive collection of living beings from the Eastern Sea, 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. Visitors won’t only admire the vast number of species from tropical seas but will also learn about and see 20000 species from the Eastern sea of Vietnam. 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. Other rare sea treasures of the museum are the coral trick or Lsis hippurisa, which is type of coral with apparent anti-cancer functions and the remains of an 18-meter humpback whale, weighing 10 tons and discovered in the sediments of delta from Red River about 200 years ago. It is an important relic of huge scientific value and the star attraction of the museum. [Read more…]