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Baby Gray Whale Necropsy at Goleta Beach

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The juvenile whale's necropsy was conducted by, from left, Laura Wilson, Peter Gaede, Michelle Berman, and Morgan Coffey.

Published on February 18, 2010

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The juvenile whale was about 16 feet long and roughly six weeks old when its body was found on Goleta Beach.

Published on February 18, 2010

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Researchers from the S.B. Museum of Natural History took tissue samples of the dead whale to determine if any illness contributed to its death.

Published on February 18, 2010

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Researchers cut into the young whale's flesh to remove tissue samples. The marbling of a whale's skin goes from the surface all the way to the blubber.

Published on February 18, 2010

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A look at the sand that had collected in the juvenile whale's stomach and likely led to its demise.

Published on February 18, 2010

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Baleen was also collected from the dead whale for educational purposes.

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Another view of the baleen collected from the whale for educational purposes.

Published on February 18, 2010

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