Nha Trang Oceanography Institute
is a research institute of marine flora and fauna lives which was founded in
1922. The Institute is located on a high and spacious land at No. 1, Cau Da,
Nha Trang city, Khanh Hoa province.
Nha Trang Oceanography
Passing over more than 90 years of
operation and development, Oceanography Institute has contributed a large
volume of research works to serve fisheries development in the country and the
world, 1,100 publications have been published, including research on biological
diversity accounting for 62.6%, on the physical oceanography 11.6%, on the
ecological environment 7.6%, marine geological 5, 4%, marine chemistry and
biochemistry 4.4%. Along with the old buildings, the Institute also invested
some new buildings with modern laboratory equipment to serve the research which
brings high effective.
Visiting Nha Trang Oceanography
Institute, visitors can not help visiting the Oceanographic Museum (an integral
system of the Oceanography Institute) with more than 20,000 specimens of more
than 4,000 types of marine and freshwater organisms which have collected and
preserved for years. Here, there is the giant whale skeleton nearly 18 meters
long, 3 meters tall, the weight up to 10 tons with 48 spines fully restored;
prototype of sea cow weighs 400 kg, 2.75 meters long caught by fishermen in Ganh
Dau commune, Phu Quoc Island in 2004. Particularly marine algae has more than thousand kinds of
including yellow algae, blue-green algae, red algae, diatoms ... All kinds of
seaweed have valuable pharmaceutical, food values to higher plants live in the
mangroves. The primitive animals have the representative of protista, Coelecterata,
sponges, coral ... with all shape and diversity. High crustacean group has
about 1,600 species, notably prawn, lobster, “Quan cong” crab, Spanner crab.
There is still giant crab whose legs span 1.2 m long stored in museum. In
private exhibition space of the museum, visitors also meet the representative
of the dolphin and stuffed white shark. Outside the walkway, visitors can see
the marine species in big glass aquarium like: sharks, sea turtles, sea snakes,
The exhibition area for specimens in Nha Trang
In 2005, Nha Trang Oceanography
Institute was selected as one of 10 fascinating cultural historical
destinations to be awarded "Tourist Spot is satisfied".
The skeleton of giant whale
to be exhibited in Nha Trang Oceanography Institute
June 2011, the Oceanography Institute
opened the exhibition room for marine resources of Paracel – Spratly Islands in
the tunnel area in the campus of Oceanographic Institution. This is the area to
reserve many historical documents and materials on survey activities,
scientific research in general and in particular the Institute of Oceanography
at the sea, the Paracel – Spratly islands, forms of geological and biological
materials to be obtained through this research survey. There is also an area
for some marine species which live in the waters of Paracel – Spratly islands to
be tamed and artificial breeding at the Oceanography Institute.
Tourists are visiting the exhibition
area for sea and island resources of Paracel and Spratly Islands.
During Sea Festival (to be held
one every two years), Nha Trang Oceanography Institute opens free for visitors.