This dripstone figure is known as “The Lion” and represents Al Hoota Cave on the site’s main pamphlet, given to tourists upon payment of admission (5.5 RO).
This is a pretty blurry photo but can you notice the water near the bottom? The cave homes an underground lake with natural ventilation, resulting in the phenomenon whereby blind, transparent fish thrive in large shoals. Exclusively found in the area, these fish feed on organic nourishment carried in by rain water. Cave fish feed on organic particles in the mud, while surface fish mainly grate algae from stones.
Here is a picture of a picture of the blind fish (found in the museum on the 2nd floor). Garra barreimiae, the Omani mountain barbell, lives exclusively in the Wadi waters of the Al Hajar Mountains in the Sultanate of Oman and in the UAE. The species was named after the city Al Buraimi. A rare type of these live in the Al Hoota Cave. Those fish are blind and eyeless. Due to the absence of pigmentation, their skin is transparent. Blood vessels under the skin give them a pinkish appearance. On the other hand, fish of the same species from surface populations display functional eyes and a darker skin. (Reminds me of a few jokes: What do you call a fish with no “eyes”? Answer: “fsh” Get it?! ha!ha! “eyes“…as in “i“s…
Okay…one more: What did the fish say when it ran into a wall? Answer: DAM!