Hundreds of dead fish preserved in chemicals in aquariums on show at Istanbul’s bizarre ‘Fish Museum’ are at risk of rotting from neglect.
Located in the district of Fatih in the north-western Turkish city of Istanbul, the ‘Fish Museum’ was founded by local fishery cooperative president Haydar Deniz in 1994.
Many of the species on display at the museum are no longer found in Turkish waters, due to reasons such as overfishing and environmental pollution.
The jars in the museum display labels indicating in which seas the fish inside the jars were caught, the names of the species, and the date they were reeled in.
The museum contains fish caught as far back as the 1960s, which have been preserved to this day, and some species held by the museum are said to be extinct.
Sadly, partly due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the museum lacks income, putting its exhibits at risk of rotting.
The institution hopes to garner more funds from the authorities to be able to continue its work and to keep the fish on display for many more years to come.
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