Posts tagged with killer whale

Dissecting a killer whale 2

  • Dr Steven Raverty discusses bruising sites with Dr Ingrid Visser and Anton van Helden. © Te Papa, 2010
  • The killer whale calf's tail fin. © Te Papa, 2010
  • Anton van Helden points to a blood clot on the whale's head. © Te Papa, 2010
  • The baby killer whale's tongue with the whitish flaps along the tip and sides. © Te Papa, 2010

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE FOLLOWING IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING The dissection of the killer whale finished yesterday.  This killer whale was very young when it stranded and died.  It was given to Te Papa by Te Runanga o Makaawhio and measured just over two metres long. Its tongue had flaps like the pygmy right whale I… Read more »

Dissecting a killer whale

Dr Steven Rafferty and Dr Ingrid Visser (centre left and right) looking at the umbilical area of the baby killer whale

At Te Papa, our scientists practice non-lethal whale research but in New Zealand where there are hundreds of strandings a year, opportunities arise to study animals that have died as a result of stranding.  Of course the best way to study whales is in their natural environment, but these kind of dissections can tell scientists… Read more »

We farewell Whales|Tohorā

On Sunday evening 11 May 2008 Te Papa closed Whales|Tohorā. Over 140,000 people had visited the exhibition. During the morning several killer whales, or orca, played by the fountain in Oriental Bay – much to the delight and amazement of several of the Whales exhibition team members. We like to think it was a sign!… Read more »

Whales Fab Fact 8

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Whales Fab Fact 8: big fin The fin on a dolphin’s back stabilises it as it moves through the water. Killer whales are classified as dolphins – they have the biggest dorsal fin of all whales.   Killer whale cartoon by Anton van Helden Ko tā te urutira o te aihe mahi he whakataurite i… Read more »