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Turkey’s first sea creatures museum is in Antalya
Turkey’s first marine biology museum showcasing endangered species specific to the Mediterranean is in the southern city of Antalya, one of Turkey’s most popular tourism hotspots.
The museum aims to create social awareness about marine protection by publicly exhibiting rare creatures and endangered species from the Mediterranean Sea. Aquaculture Engineer Elif Ozgür Özbek, designer of Antalya Marine Biology Museum, stated that this museum will be the first one in Turkey that will publicly exhibit rare creatures and endangered species which are normally the preserve of university studies and are closed for public inspection.
Over 500 species exhibited
Approximately 500 species of marine animals including three of the 15 endangered species in Mediterranean will be exhibited in the Marine Biology Museum. Endangered species such as Angel Shark (Squatina cicuvelatata), guitarfish (Rhinobathos Cemiculus) and Angular Rough Shark (Exynatus Centrina) along with sea turtles (caretta caretta), nine species of sharks, 10 species of flat sharks, approximately 150 species of bony fishes, sponges, corals, shrimps, lobsters and crabs, shellfishes, octopus, squids and cuttlefishes, starfishes and sea urchins are on exhibit.
“Educational programs and seminars will be held about the protected marine species and the endemic and exotic Red Sea-origin species,” said Özbek.
The oldest species in the museum is a pig shark, which was caught in 1998 in the Marmara Sea, said Özbek. “It has been the same without being spoiled for 16 years.”
Özbek also said that the Mediterranean seal, which was found last year in Alanya and named Duman, was buried last year in May but its skeleton would be removed this year and displayed at the museum.
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