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Images: Whale Heads and Tales

A dead whale stranded on a beach offers MIT/WHOI graduate student Maya Yamato a rare opportunity to collect specimens of whale ears for her research. (Joy Marzolf)

Getting samples from a dead whale isn't pretty and certainly not fragrant. (James Lucey)

Yamato studies whale heads in the necropsy facility at the WHOI Marine Mammal Center. (Tom Kleindinst, WHOI)

Yamato also uses the CT scanner in the Computerized Scanning and Imaging Lab (CSI) at WHOI. (Maya Yamato, WHOI/CSI)

The CT scanner in the CSI Lab (CSI) provides 3-D images of whale anatomy. (Maya Yamato, WHOI/CSI)