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A whale from the ocean to Crostolo creek

The true story of the "Capodoglio" (sperm whale), symbol of the Civic Museum.

Civic Museum - Via Spallanzani, 1 - 42121 Reggio Emilia

Phone: 0039 0522 456477; e-mail: musei@municipio.re.it


April 10, 1938, on the Adriatic beach of Marzocco near Senigallia, 6 big sperm whales beached and then died. The smallest of them was carried aboard a truck and taken to Reggio Emilia, where it was embalmed, acquired by the Civic Museum: there, April 15, 1939, it was first exhibited and admired by several scientists from all over Europe led by Vinassa de Regny, Head Mistress of Pavia University.