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Qaitbay Maritime Museum Alexandria is one of the smallest museums in Egypt. In fact, Qaitbay Maritime Museum Alexandria displays different kinds of sea creatures and scenes. They collected from the Red Sea and Mediterranean Sea. The museum contains natural coral reefs. It also contains many kinds of fish like the Picasso fish, and some seashells. The next display of the museum consists of a collection of skates and rays. Some of these creatures are more than three meters long. Some of them look scary, while some have natural colors and wonderful designs on their backs. Next, there is a huge collection of sea sponges from the Mediterranean Sea.

These creatures come in a variety of different colors and shapes. They are either a shade of white or pink and in semi-circular shapes. There are three primary kinds of sponges in Egypt. They consist of glass, turkey cup and honeycombs. The turkey cup sponge gets it’s name from it’s smooth skin. The honeycomb sponge is brown and has a wide openings in it’s body. They all live in deep sea water. Qaitbay Maritime Museum Alexandria has another section which is interesting. It is the jaws section, showing the jaws of different kinds of fish. There is also the coral reefs section. In fact, the section has a variety of collections gathered from the Red Sea. Many of the displays depict artificial scenes within main bodies of water bordering Egypt.

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The next display, on the left hand side, is a beautiful scene from the Red Sea. It demonstrates the things a diver would see under water in the Red Sea. The diver is a bit cartoon like, or at least far out of date. It is from the standpoint of modern diving gear. But there are colorful fish and many different kinds of coral reefs. Next, an amazing display you will ever find. It is a skeleton on display here that might make one believe that they exist. This creature with the body of a woman and the tail of a fish portrayed in movies as pretty. But the skeleton was rather ugly. The next section of Qaitbay Maritime Museum Alexandria is the fossil section.

Fossils are the natural remains of sea creatures. They preserved inside sea bead rocks. Sometimes these fossils contain different kinds of substances. The study of these fossils was of great help in the quest to examine the origins of Earth. Its history and the geological changes the Earth has been through. The study of these fossils is also essential for the search for petrol. After this, there is a display of a natural jaw of a shark. It poised as if the shark is attacking it’s prey. The upper jaw has six rows of sharp teeth, each six centimeters long. The length of the open jaw is more than 70 centimeters.

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The next display is a diorama of the Red Sea. In fact, it is a scene from the Red Sea. It shows the environment and explaining why it is so suitable for a large and varied number of fish. One, among the many kinds of fish shown, is the Bassar fish. It considered one of the hardest fish to catch . It is because of its strong persistence, but there are many others as well. Next, there are some drawings of fish. They are an original copy from the book of the description of Egypt. It done by the French scientists in the Napoleon occupation of Egypt. They represent another collection of fish that live in the Mediterranean Sea. This rare document would be, for some the most interesting in the museum.

The next section contains a large collection of different seashells. They found in the Red and Mediterranean Seas. These seashells vary in their shape and size. Some of them are tiny while others are huge. There are many sea shell enthusiasts and this might be of interest to them. At the end of every museum in Egypt, there always seems to be a special display. In Qaitbay Maritime Museum Alexandria, the special display is the hugest skeleton. It is of a whale that you believe you will ever see. Moreover, it is more than forty meters long and it extends the length of the entire museum. It captured in Alexandria in the 1950’s by a group of fishermen. This skeleton amazes all the visitors of the museum because of its huge size.

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The museum is an entertaining experience for the whole Family. It is especially the kids who love the sea. The museum has a huge variety of displays and information. They are about the two seas that Egypt borders, the Red and Mediterranean Seas. If you visited the great Qaitbay Fort, don’t miss a look at the displays in Qaitbay Maritime Museum. It located at the old gate of the Qaitbay Fort.

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