Museum to dis­play fish found in Omani wa­ters

Muscat Daily - - NATION - Swapna Taraf­dar @swap­na_­taraf­dar

The Nat­u­ral His­tory Museum of the Min­istry of Her­itage and Cul­ture (MHC) will show­case fish and fish bones found in the Omani wa­ters.

“The Omani wa­ters are home to over 1,000 fish species. All over the world coun­tries have ded­i­cated mu­se­ums show­cas­ing fish that are found in their re­spec­tive wa­ters. We have over 1,000 species. Some are very unique and found in our wa­ters only. Once the museum has the col­lec­tion, we will know about the fish found in the Omani wa­ters,” said Az­zah al Jabri, di­rec­tor, Nat­u­ral His­tory Museum in MHC.

She said that the museum has dol­phins and whales as ex­hibits but it will be ex­panded to in­clude fishes too. “We will know the gen­era, the fam­i­lies and or­ders of the fish. We will also know why some fishes are be­com­ing ex­tinct.”

One of the rare dis­plays ex­hib­ited in the Nat­u­ral His­tory Museum’s whale hall is the huge skele­ton of a sperm whale which washed ashore in 1986. It also dis­plays skele­tons, bones and skulls of whales. “The im­por­tance of this hall lies in iden­ti­fy­ing the types and sizes of whales and the depths they are found in the seas.”

Other rare dis­plays ex­hib­ited in­clude traces of tree fos­sils found in Al Huquf dat­ing back more than 260mn years, in ad­di­tion to the re­mains of coral fos­sils dat­ing back over 270mn years found in Wadi Sah­tan in Rus­taq.

Also, dis­played are rem­nants of jaw teeth be­long­ing to a spe­cific type of mon­key, as well as the teeth of pre-his­toric an­i­mals dat­ing back be­tween 15 and 35mn years.

The museum dis­plays some as­pects of the lives of dif­fer­ent types of rep­tiles, colour­ful but­ter­flies, and other or­gan­isms who live in the wilds of the sul­tanate, as well as the re­mains of trees and fos­silised bones. “We are wait­ing for the new Nat­u­ral His­tory Museum to come up. Once it is in place, our col­lec­tion will be on dis­play,” she said.

Az­zah al Jabri

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