Update on dissection and findings

The whale has now been completed dissected and the organs such as intestine, kidneys and heart, are being preserved in a formalin solution. the bones are being flensed (stripped of muscle). The stomach content revealed nothing out of the ordinary.

Dr Joy Reidenberg is now in the process of investigating respiratory tract. Above you can see the lungs and Dr Reidenberg is holding up the laryngeal sac which is different to other animals in that it sits off to the side instead in the middle.

4 Responses

  1. emmabest

    kia ora America

    that’s great to hear! The whale dissection was going to be so different from the colossal squid one – we were wondering how the blogs would be received.
    We learnt so much in the four days working with the amazing collection of scientists Anton had gathered so it was so fun to share it on the blog.
    The information from our little whale will continue to be gathered for quite a while yet.

  2. América

    I am journalist from Spain and I love your blogs. I was reading the past week the one of the colosal squid. But this one about the pigmy whale has fascinated me. Tomorrow I will record for the radio something about the disection.

    congratulations 😉

  3. Anton

    Hi Mark
    This is Anton, the anatomy of this species of whale has some unique features that distinguishes from all other whales, and the more we dissected teh animal the more of these unique features were revealed. They are truly remarkable and I look froward to be able to do work like this again with such brilliant colleagues. We have preserved various organs so that they can be worked on in future, Dr Ewan Fordyce is likely to come back in the near future to continue working on the head of the animal. It has revealed all sorts of wonderful new data and also presented new questions for us to consider. That’s science!! 🙂

  4. Mark (Smivs) Smitheman

    Thanks for bringing us the whale dissection. This was fascinating and I probably learnt more about whale anatomy from this than anything I’d seen before.
    Presumably this is fairly standard anatomy accross all whale species.
    The Squid was always going to be a hard act to follow, but you did it!
    What is your next project? Please keep us posted. Thanks again, Smivs.


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