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Whale skull to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland

Whale skull
Image caption The skull will be displayed at the National Museum of Scotland

The skull of a sperm whale found beached on the banks of the River Forth is to go on display at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.

The 40ft whale, known as 'Moby', became disorientated and stranded while trying to swim inland.

Rescuers, including tugs and the pleasure boat Maid of the Forth, tried to push the whale back out to sea but he died at Airth on 31 March 1997.

The one-and-a-half ton skull will be on permanent display from Friday.

Moby was the first sperm whale to be stranded in the Forth in more than 200 years.

Dr Andrew Kitchener, National Museums Scotland's principal curator of vertebrates, said: "Moby's plight truly captured the heart of the nation and his skull is a dramatic and enticing specimen which represents the fantastic natural science collections we hold here."

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