Harbour seal necropsy 2014

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On Saturday 13 September, many students observed or got directly involved in the necropsy of the little female harbour seal (Phoca vitulina) that we found in the mudflats last week.

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With permission from Fisheries and Oceans Canada, we examined the body of the seal inside and out…

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Two students, Haruna & Mariam, carefully teased apart the small intestine, stretched it out and measured it to be 12.8 m long.  All that intestine in a seal that was only 0.82 m long!

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We did examine many organs but could not determine the cause of death.

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A very unique opportunity for many Pearson College students! Thanks to all involved including the many photographers.

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This is one of my favourite photos from the event… the lens from one of the eyes, which you may be able to see has inverted the image behind it.

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