|Their mouths don’t open wide and
the females do not have erupted teeth.
(Males generally have 2 erupted teeth).
Vicky G. Thayer, Marine Mammal Stranding Coordinator for mid-coast North Carolina, was contacted about a marine mammal stranded at Atlantic Beach, NC on Thursday, February 10, 2011 . The whale was at water’s edge when found. It was a sub-adult female Gervais’ beaked whale, Mesoplodon europaeus, not a whale that commonly strands here.
|Scars from Cookie Cutter Sharks,
not unusual for off-shore marine mammals
|Notice that there is no notch in
the tail flukes
Moving the whale out of the water
and onto the beach with a 4-wheel
|Weighing the whale.|
|Removing the blubber.|
|The local crew.|
|More scientists arrive from
Wilmington, NC to help.
|While we were working with this
dead whale, live whales and dolphins
were sighted in the ocean.
|Data sheets are like gold, as this
is where all information is recorded.
|Getting samples is not always easy.|
|Measuring the depth of
the blubber along the
length of the body.
|She had a very small dorsal fin.|
At the Vet School, her skull was
examined with both an MRI and a
CT. After that, her skull was dissected and more samples taken for study.
|At the Vet School, when the skull was dissected
two jaw fractures were discovered. They
correspond to the location of the bruises.
|You can see the large crescent shaped
blow hole in this picture.
|Remains not taken to Vet school were left on the
beach to be buried the next morning with a backhoe.
|Skull, bones and samples are loaded
on the pick-up to be taken to NC Vet
School in Raleigh,NC for further investigation.
We finished just as it was getting dark.
The success of this entire endeavor was due to an incredible collaboration between NC DMF, NCSU, CVM, CMAST, NC Maritime Museum, NC Atlantic Beach Public Works and numerous individual volunteers.
(See blog entry for April 7, 2011 for more detail on this whale)
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