Sperm whale dissection

Sperm whale dissection

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Credit: THOMAS FREDBERG/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Sperm whale dissection. Backhoe loader pulling off large portions of tissue from a dead male sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). The whale was found on Henne Strand, Jutland, Denmark. The specimen measured 14 meters in length and weighed an estimated 30 tonnes. The tissue samples and skeleton are removed for study by scientists. It is not known exactly why mass whale strandings occur. Possible causes include illness, disease, injury, inability to cope with shallow water and interference by military sonar.

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