I just received this email today and thought I would post it here for anyone interested in viewing a live necropsy!
Email courtesy of:
Sarah M Lardizabal
"Just what will be found inside the stomach of a great white shark--a seal...a penguin... a human hand?! Now you can find out live on the Internet! The Auckland Museum will be hosting a live necropsy of a large female great white and everyone is invited to watch on Wednesday from 5 pm to 7 pm EST (that's Thursday, January 8th 11am-1pm Auckland time). The shark was retrieved in the Kaipara Harbour on Monday last week, entangled and dead in a gill net. The fisherman notified the Department of Conservation Auckland Area staff who recovered the shark. The necropsy will be carried out by Clinton Duffy of the Department of Conservation Marine Conservation Section and Dr. Tom Trnski, Marine Curator of the Auckland Museum.³ This is a rare opportunity for people to get a close look at a Great White, and to see how scientists find out more about the complexities of the natural world through their research,² says Dr. Trnski.³ Little is known about the life history of these apex predators of the ocean, and we hope to learn more about the shark's recent past before it came into the harbour.² The operation will examine the shark's stomach contents, take measurements of internal organs, as well as investigating the gills and removing the jaws. Learn more at http://www.aucklandmuseum.com/Default.asp?t=913"