You can see the images of a washed up fin male shark on Herring cove beach in Prince town last week. A specialized team of marine biologists was called for performing the necropsy. One of their members’ board of trustees Michael Moore was the in charge and invited the writer to be a spectator. Although the whales was found to be smelly, he appreciated the way all were doing their jobs successfully and in full co-operation.
The Fin whale lying on the beach. Photo shot by Rachael Montejo.
Instructors briefing the necropsy volunteer team of Woods Hole, IFAW. Photo by Rachael Montejo.
Started with the tongue the first cut as it bulges in the background.
The volunteers now proceed towards the blubber. Photo by Rachael Montejo.
It seems that the shark became the victim of a ship strike. Photo by Madelyn Shaw.
The skin of the shark appears as a rubber spread sheet. Volunteers trying to peel it off.
Earbone in situ. Photo by Madelyn Shaw.
Jaw removing is definitely a difficult task.
Now comes the intestine. Photo by Madelyn Shaw.
Oh what a heart! Photo by Madelyn Shaw.
The throat pleats can be expanded or the grooves of the rorqual. Photo by Madelyn Shaw.
Cross sectional view of the throat pleats. Photo by Madelyn Shaw.
The tongue and the horny material of upper jaws. Photo by Madelyn Shaw.
Only the ribs remaining to be cut. The day then ends. Photo by Madelyn Shaw.