Posts tagged with necropsy

Rare dolphin found on Canterbury beach

Rare Hourglass dolphin found dead at Flea Bay in Canterbury.  Photo reproduced courtesy of Department of Conservation.

On the weekend down in Canterbury, apart from the horrific earthquake, there was an extremely unusual dolphin stranding. A 1.8m male Hourglass dolphin came ashore at Flea Bay. Only a handful of complete specimens of this species have ever been dissected before. Although they are sometimes seen in the Southern Ocean around Antarctica, they very rarely… Read more »

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 »

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 »