Fin Whale Necropsy on Cape Cod, May 23 2009

A juvenile male fin whale washed up on Herring Cove beach in Provincetown last week. It had apparently been dead a few days. Saturday, a team of marine biologists performed the necropsy on the whale, on the beach. A member of our Board of Trustees, Michael Moore (Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute) was in charge of this, and he invited me to be a spectator at close range. It was fascinating; carefully orchestrated, efficient, and remarkably contained. And yes, it was smelly, but you got used to it.

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One response to “Fin Whale Necropsy on Cape Cod, May 23 2009

  1. Rachael Montejo

    I must comment on the impressive skill, speed, professionalism, concentration, genuine team work and extreme physical ability required to complete such a monumental task.

    It was a visually intense experience and I couldn’t agree more about the smell! Whoowee!

    Madelyn, thanks again for allowing me to tag along.

    Best, Rachael

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