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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.