Lungs and heart

Above is a picture of the Pygmy right whale lung, it’s about 45cm long when stretched out like it is below. The lungs sit under the backbone of the whale and isn’t divided into lobes like human lungs are.

The scientists told me that they think it’s smaller than usual in a whale of this size.

The heart is in perfect shape – it actually looked like a Valentine’s heart especially when it was lifted out – see below.

67 Responses

  1. denias

    I like the pictures ,I had a question is there such a thing as a whale shark

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  2. genta

    uuuuuuuuuuu po trishtushem

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  3. jhaydee

    kadiri naman yan pala yung nga heart yukkkkk

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  4. ass kisser

    U killed the WHALE!!!!!!!!!

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  5. chakradhar madapati

    its very good pictures andvery useful to teachers

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  6. dal

    human heart is very nice

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  7. jacob

    my heart beats faster by seeing the pair

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  8. Nick Darn

    Now that I’ve read the other comments I would like to appoligise for my rude comment. I’m a animal rights activist and was just misinformed and misunderstood.

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  9. Nick Darn

    Euck! Why are they pulling apart this whale exactly? I sure hope to hell that it died by a natural cause.

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  10. Ruby

    That heart is sick! It’s a bit graphic but it is an amazing picture! I love the body.

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  11. lea krystel a yango

    wow its really the heart is important to our body the important to our body is

    -heart
    -liver
    -appendix
    -small intestine
    -large intestine
    -rectum
    -esophagus
    and ofcourse is mouth

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  12. macy

    i AM DOING A PROJECT AND I NEED TO KNOW AS MUCH IMFORMATTION AS POSSIBLE. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT THE HEART?

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  13. macy

    WoW! WoW! WoW! WoW! WoW! WoW!!

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  14. Kyle

    they r such cheap organs.
    keep on killin.
    its mammaing.

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  15. marveana

    but at least people are taking the opportunity to learn about their body’s and get real life photos instead of toys.and atleast they dont kill the whale they use it otward somthing opsitive

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  16. marveana

    this is nasty who wants to see crazy photos of our guts that creepy they need to come up with something a little better than blood and guts.

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  17. yeci

    wow!!!! very interesting, bet these AMAZING shots well come in handy on my bff’s science project!!! thanx!!! :D

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  18. neri kyle

    soo..now i know that the heart is one of the most sensitive part pf the body..hmmf.i care

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  19. kris goss

    the inside of a heart is relly nasty

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  20. nerissa ambulario

    good to see that

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  21. nerissa ambulario

    its really good to see that

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  22. jane keig

    @ellie – we didn’t kill the whale, it was had stranded and died on the coast of New Zealand. The museum carries out a programme of non-lethal whale research (ie. observation of whales in their native habitat and dissection of dead, stranded whales). Have a look at our Whales exhibition mini-site to find out more about whales research in NZ…http://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/exhibitions/whales/

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  23. ellie

    heyaa thios is unruley to animals how would you like a member of your family have this done to you it’s in- humane all of you sound really fascinated by this do you want to be ripped apart or summut??? im only 11 but i sure know wat im talking about because i am the worlds youngest vet!!!! I HATE ANY SUCKER THAT KILLS ANIMALS OR TEST ANIMALS FOR RESEACH INTO OUR BODIES ITS CRUEL AND DOWN RIGHT CRAZY!!!!!!

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  24. deea

    am facut galbaneala cand am vazut poza nu pot sa cred ca pu asa imigini pe net cn lea pus rusinica dar ma bucur ca mia m vazut cum ii o inima pe din naontru siisa va iubiti parteneri ok sa sarbatoriti cu palcere ziua de 14 februarie ziua en namoratilor

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  25. T

    HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!

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  26. ainghel

    wow.. it is amazing!!!

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  27. Inspector Mini Me

    the one in center is awesome picture that shows
    so clearly the Blood (vessels???) dont know the english word (or maybe i do)

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  28. vannesa

    now i see now the heart thanks!

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  29. anee

    its very dangerous bat very interesting

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  30. allanagh

    it like a pig ‘s heart

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  31. aaa

    wow thats amazing how big the heart is
    i wish to learn more! XD

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  32. Jessica Ellis

    very interesting. thanks for everything. you have made my life. very interesting.

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  33. lerato

    this is what i call body art, the pics are amazin and i love the site of explicit nature. i am realy into biology i love exploring the body and observing everything under the skin.thank you guys good job.

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  34. somebody

    its scary but very interessting… geeee thanks

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  35. Te Papa

    Hi Masitha,
    Can you write in English?
    Thanks a lot :)
    Florence, IT at Te Papa

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  36. MASITHA

    good…apakah ini gambar hati setiap manusia ????!!!

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  37. zahra

    hi it’s my first time that i see this site.it’s really good.thanks

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  38. jane

    @NO NAMER – this pygmy right whale was found stranded on a beach in New Zealand and brought(dead)to Te Papa.The museum carries out a programme of non-lethal whale research (ie. observation of whales in their native habitat and dissection of dead, stranded whales). Believe me, the photos are real, I wrote the post and took the images.
    Jane Keig, Communications Manager, Te Papa

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  39. No Namer

    This looks cool.
    but i dont think i beileve in this picture.
    Why would scientists want to hurt a cute whale????
    They should be ashamed of themselves

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  40. maryam

    wow
    realy
    pretty picture its realy intesting
    thanks

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  41. daniel

    WaW as u see on first pic is lungs and the 2 pic is heart ^^xD

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  42. RAJAT

    ITS MY HEART

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  43. Courtney

    Wow…..this is soo cool i wish i was the one holding the heart it is so amazing!!!!!!!!!

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  44. uthya

    yuck!wat is dis man……..

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  45. muq

    çünkü bu site, türk sitesi değil. Ayrıca ingilizce evrensel dil olarak kabul ediliyor.

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    • tepapamuseum

      Hi,
      This is an English speaking website. If you have questions or comments, please write them in English so that we can understand them, and hopefully we’ll also be able to answer them :)
      Thanks,
      Florence, IT at Te Papa

  46. ilayda

    ya neden yorumları ingilize yazıyorsunuz

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  47. ilayda

    şuna bakın kalp ameliyatı yapıyorlar sanırım

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  48. Sierra Mist

    WOW this is a really wierd and awkward site who cares about whales…..

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  49. priscilla

    Omgg
    dhtt shOtt wass pretty qwedd !
    and& iikyy
    Omgg; dht shuld hvee hurtt :[
    Didd iht HURt ?

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  50. marianaadorable10

    wow that is creapy!

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  51. chris

    hahahahahahaha gutted !! get it gutted

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  52. sanjum

    This is intrusting, but horible.

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  53. janekeig

    Hi Aliette

    The scientists were performing a necropsy on this young pygmy right whale that stranded and died in New Zealand.

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  54. alliette

    oh oww! that so hurts?
    thanks your HElp!
    what happen?

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  55. jane

    Hi Kristian
    It was a pygmy right whale’s heart.
    Cheers

    Jane Keig

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  56. Kristian alx

    Hmmm… nice heart =) Sad it was in a human body =(

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  57. janekeig

    Thanks Amy
    It was pretty amazing to have the scientists be so patient with me as I took photos and asked questions!
    Jane

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  58. Amy

    that was amazing
    a bit ikky but cool
    lol

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  59. janekeig

    Thanks maria :o)

    Are you studying whales?

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  60. maria

    thanks for your help

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  61. jan

    wow. its very interesting

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  62. janekeig

    Thanks Jives, it’s a real pleasure being able to share the photos!

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  63. Jives

    Wow!
    Those are some amazing shots. These internal organs are much easier to recognize than the squids were last week.

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