IFAW works closely with Tom to collect and find permanent homes for these amazing specimens. We are fortunate to have this new relationship with SUNY ESF and hope to continue to provide them with specimens for years to come.
Necropsies on marine mammals, especially large whales, are a huge amount of work.
This work is done by many people and several organizations. Collecting the skeletons, as well as transporting, storing and cleaning the specimens, is in itself quite a process, however, it is definitely worth the effort.
Collecting these skeletons means that many people, including students, get to view these amazing animals that very few people are privileged to see and study.
These specimens go into collections and will be studied for years to come.
There is still relatively little known about many marine mammal species, due to the difficulty in studying them in their natural habitat.
These specimens will increase what we know about these animals and help extend that knowledge so that we can better protect and conserve these animals into the future.