Posts categorized as Pygmy right whale

Bites on the whale

cookie-cutter-marks

It was earlier blogged that the wounds on the whale were from cookie cutter sharks. Te Papa’s Fish collection manager, Andrew Stewart, came to have a look and this is his expert opinion: ‘Based on where the whale came ashore, the scars are probably from the cookie cutter rather than the seal shark (a larger… Read more »

Taking it carefully

what-lies-beneaths

The dissection of the pygmy right whale is a very detailed and time consuming process! A quick update: the skin and blubber has been removed from half of the whale as you can see above. And our pygmy right whale is a young male, probably no older than 6 months old. The scientists will be… Read more »

Layers of muscle

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From Bruce Reidenburg: The scientists are now exploring the layers of muscle on the sides of the whale. There is an interesting highly developed muscle that is special to the youngest baby whales. Since fetal whales are curled sideways in utero, this special adapted muscle unfolds the tail after the whale is born. In people… Read more »

Beautiful baleen

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Morning! If you’ve managed to go to the Whales|Tohorā exhibition here at Te Papa then you’ll have come across the pieces of baleen. Some whales have teeth – others have baleen. Baleen sort of looks like bristley paintbrushes hanging down either side in a whale’s mouth. It acts like a big sieve or tea strainer…. Read more »

Network problem

We’re experiencing network connection problems in the room where our whale bloggers are. We are trying to fix it as fast as we can in order to resume blogging. Sorry about the inconvenience.

What are we looking for in the throat?

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A blog from Bruce Reidenberg  The pygmy right whale – chin on. You can see first incisions. Dr. Joy Reidenberg has examined larynges (voice boxes) of many aquatic and terrestrial mammals.  There are unique adaptations of whales to life in the water.  One of these adaptations is the use of sound.  Whales tend to make… Read more »

Photo happy

Hi this is Anton blogging in on Emma’s blog. At the moment we are taking lots and lots of photos. Documenting animals in this way allows us to have landmarks on the outside of the animal that we can link to internal structures. So that we can build up a picture of how the insides… Read more »

Measure twice – cut once

anton-sharpening-knives

Good morning! Everybody has gathered, its a little bit like an operating theatre (except cold!) with all the instruments on the table beside the dissection table. Knives are being sharpened:   Anton has sharpened 9 so far. Measurements have been taken: From tip of upper jaw to the deepest part of the fluke notch –… Read more »

Necro… what?

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That got your attention! I’ve been learning some dissection terms. Autopsy is generally used in relation to humans and looks at cause of death. A necropsy usually refers to animals. It looks at how the animal’s body works as well as the possible cause of death. Here’s a picture of the pygmy right whale fresh… Read more »