About the gross post mortem on 17-Jan-09
shown in the above photos and video clips:
It was led by Joy
Reidenberg, Associate Professor at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
She flew over from the USA that morning. Her research focuses on upper
respiratory tract anatomy in a wide range of mammals with particular emphasis
on whales, dolphins, and porpoises. Others also working on the gross post
mortem were members of the Irish
Whale and Dolphin Group (including Simon Berrow and Padraig Whooley),
UCC. Cork County Council were present and the civil defence.
The major organs were removed for tests and then all the
flesh was removed for inceneration. There were very hight winds on the
day (17th) so the video shots are not very steady.
National Geographic (and Channel four?) had camera crews
on site, program to be shown in june 2009 (IWDG
will inform members closer to the date)
National TV coverage from TV3 & RTE on the day of the stranding
15 jan 09. It shows the whale still alive before it stranded.
Video clips: WMV18mb
(righ-click to dowload)
A lower resolution clip is available at RTE.'s
Exploding Whale - USA 1970 - How NOT to dispose of a beached