An Experience for All Senses: The Examination of a Whale

Bowdoin students necropsy a humpback whale that washed ashore on the Kent Island archipelago.On a recent weekend this fall, while one group of Bowdoin Coastal Studies students was deploying research gear from an 88-foot schooner, another group was having an equally unusual field trip experience in the far reaches of the Gulf of Maine: necropsying a humpback whale.

The carcass washed ashore last year on the Kent Island archipelago, home to the Bowdoin Scientific Station. Click here for a closer look at the massive (and smelly) undertaking.

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