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This 6-month old pygmy right whale stranded itself on the beach in New Zealand. It is being dissected by a team of scientists as I write this! The whale has a similar head to true right whales, but scientists do not believe that they are closely related. In fact, they are not quite sure where these rare whales fit into the overall evolutionary tree. Hopefully this dissection will help them put some of the pieces in the puzzle.

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You can watch along step by step, as these Museum of New Zealand researchers carve their way through this little guy on Te Papa’s Blog.

Comments

  1. #1 Jives
    May 7, 2008

    Holy blimey!

    I’m going to have to ask some of my coworkers about this one.
    This species is only found in the southern hemisphere, but still, a dissection of this caliber is going to draw northern right whale researchers’ attention as well.

  2. #2 Paula Kahumbu
    May 7, 2008

    Normally all you need is a tissue sample for genetic testing to determine where it sits on the evolutionary tree. Maybe the focus should be on why this little whale got beached?

  3. #3 Mrs Hilary Victoria Minor
    May 8, 2008

    Thanks for this fascinating item! I’m currently reading “Your Inner Fish” by Neil Shubin which is riveting, so I’ll be very interested to see just what the necropsy turns up.

  4. #4 Drhoz!
    May 9, 2008

    that’s an amazingly tiny baleen whale

  5. #5 Britni Caras
    July 2, 2012

    Hooray! Cause I already have a Pinterest board complete of Alabama Chanin goodness this is even better!

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