Processing and preservation of whale cadavers

In additional to its standard skeleton processing activities, over the recent years, the department of Morphology has gathered the technically more challenging expertise in the successful processing of cadavers of large cetaceans and the preparation of fully articulated skeletons of these mastodons of the seas. The further optimisation of the procedures for the cleaning and preservation of whale skeletal elements is part of ongoing investigations.

 

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Coordinated by the MUMM scientific service of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, as early as of the stranding of the animals and during further processing activities, the department assists in the collection, preservation, distribution and investigation of data and biological samples obtained from these animals.

 

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