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TORREVIEJA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY


The skeletons of the marine cetaceans and the sea turtles exhibited at the museum's premises they all come from animals deceased and stranded at the Torrevieja seashore.

The animals are recovered and cleaned by the Municipal Biologist: after this process, the installation and the resin replicas of the original animal body are ellaborated by the Sevillian taxidermist María Ángeles Prieto.



BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN
A full skeleton and a resin replica of this animal can be found at display.
Scientific name:
Tursiops truncatus
(Montagu, 1821)
Gender: Male
Lenght: 3'17 m
Weight: 389 kg
Place of stranding : La Mata Beach (Torrevieja)
Date: 25th of August 2006
Cause of death: fishing maneuvers




COMMON PILOT WHALE
A full skeleton of this animal can be found at display.
Scientific name:
Globicephala melas
(Traill, 1809)
Gender: Male
Lenght: 4,58 m
Weight: 2400 kg
Place of stranding : La Mata Beach (Torrevieja)
Date: 31st of March 2007
Cause of death : morbillivirus infection


COMMON FIN WHALE
The skull of a common fin whale calf can be found at display.

Scientific Name
Balaenoptera physalus
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Scientific Name
Age: a few months old calf
Lenght: 6,90 m
Weight: 2.400 kg
Place of stranding : Cala Piteras (Torrevieja)
Date: 6th of January 2007
Cause of death: Unknown






LOGGERHEAD TURTLE
A longitudinal cut allows the view of the inner skeleton of the animal.
An exact replica of the animal during the nesting period is displayed in another diorama (egg laying on the sand and birth of the offspring).



Scientific Name
Caretta caretta
(Linnaeus, 1758)
Gender: female
Lenght: 1 m
Weight: 98 kg
Place of stranding : Cabo Cervera (Torrevieja)
Date: 7th of September 2006
Cause of death: unknown (osteopathy was nonetheless detected)




COMMON FIN WHALE
A common fin whale thoracic vertebra fossil, found in 1985 on eutirreniense sandstones (140.000 years old) during the execution of municipal works made in the surroundings of the current Health Center "El Acequión" (Torrevieja).






BIRDS´ NESTS COLLECTION
A series of nests have been collected once the offspring abandoned them after the breeding season was over.
Exact replicas have been made of the shape and the colour of the eggs.

Nests belong to the following species: Common Avocet; Common Great Tit; Common Little Tern; Common Tern; Kentish Plover; Common Little Stork; Crested Lark; Sardinian Warbler; Reed Bunting; Common Moorhen; Audouin's Gull; Slendered-billed Gull; White Wagtail; Common Blackbird; Iberian Chiffchaff; Serin and Greenfinch






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FIEGE COLLECTION OF ZANZIBAR MARINE SHELLS

The Collection was gathered in the coasts of the Island of Zanzibar (Tanzania, Africa), in the Indian Ocean, between the years 1972 and 1974, by the Fiege, a married couple from Holland.
In February 2006 the malacological collection was donated by their owners to the Most Excellent Torrevieja Town Hall.
It consists of approximately 300 molluscs species (mainly gastropods) and around 15 corals.
Among the molluscs, cones (with some poisonous specimens) and porcelains (some of them were even used as legal currency) are highly represented.





VITRINA DEL MAR MEDITERRÁNEO

The Exhibition is completed with a small display of different organisms habitually present in the coasts of Torrevieja, being specially noteworthy among them the seashells, starfishes, a very good representation of uneven sea urchins or sand dollars, some fish jaws from guilthead breams and dog's tooth bream, Seahorses, crabs, sea fans, etc




UPCOMING ADDITIONS

The Museum is currently working on the restoring of a striped dolphin's skeleton found stranded a few months ago, the restauring of the cartilaginous skeletons of two unusual ray species in the area (the spiny butterfly ray and the common eagle ray) from which resin replicas will be also made, and the museum has also started receiving some private donations, like the one made by Mr Manuel Sánchez, who has donated a seashell collection picked up from Torrevieja seashore in the past years.




MHNT (2010)



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