Image of the Day

27 / 368

Whale head in CSI scanner

CSI Woods Hole

At WHOI, CSI stands for Computerized Scanning and Imaging Lab. The lab, which is a part of the Institution's Marine Mammal Center, has a CT scanner dedicated to marine research that produces 3-D images of samples ranging from whole or parts of animals to geologic features such as hydrothermal vent chimneys. Above, the head of a whale that died on a beach is about to be scanned. The images let scientists view internal anatomical structures intact—something not possible via traditional dissection methods. A particular focus of the CSI Lab is exploring what and how marine animals sense sound, and MIT/WHOI Joint Program graduate student Maya Yamato is investigating the largely unknown sensory system of baleen whales. (Photo by Maya Yamato, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)


Image and Visual Licensing

Text, images, graphics and other material contained on this website are subject to copyright. For more information or to license material, please contact the Director of Digital Assets, or (508) 289-2647.

Explore Visual WHOI

Search multimedia database

License our Visuals