Great white shark dissection
January 7, 2009 8:44 AM Subscribe
posted by nthdegx (18 comments total)
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Scientists at the Auckland Museum will be performing a necropsy of a great white Shark
between 11am and 1pm New Zealand time on Thursday. Though they will be examining the contents of its gut, they will also, among other things, look at its sex organs (female) and jaw. The necropsy will be viewable on the web
from 2pm NZ time (when's that?
Selected trivia from Wikipedia, and elsewhere:
- The only difference between a necropsy and an autopsy is that the word necropsy is more usually applied to animals.
- Though reminiscent of the scene from Jaws, Dreyfuss's character was supposed to be examining a tiger shark.
- Yes those tedious shark shockumentaries weren't lying. Great white sharks can detect traces of blood from 5km away. Apparently they can also detect a half-billionth of a volt in electric fields generated by moving creatures.
- The shark was killed by accident when it became tangled in a gill net. It's against the law in New Zealand to kill a Great White shark deliberately.
- At 3m and 300kg, this shark is nearly as big as some great whites.
- The great white shark is an endothermic poikilotherm.
- Great whites know how to evade dolphin echo location and have varying hunting techniques for a variety of species.
- Most attacks on humans from great whites are thought to be "test bites" as they attempt to establish what we are. Humans' unique knack of getting out of the water explains why many attacks are non-fatal. Some have hypothesised that great whites don't like the taste of humans.