The Necropsy Suite is a state-of-the-art resource for scientists and engineers to study the marine environment. This is where researchers delve into the “hows” and “whys” of whale strandings, mammals diving under pressure, reef and hydrothermal vent structure, harbor seal deaths, fishing line entanglements, and much more. Utilized by researchers across the Institution’s many disciplines, as well as local partners, this facility provides the technology necessary to peer inside nature’s hidden worlds to better understand marine life.
The facility consists of one large necropsy room equipped with two 4 meter down-draft tables, one hydraulic large animal table, four overhead surgical lamps, several light boxes, overhead rail and lift systems, and one large fume hood. The necropsy room can accommodate several small animal necropsies at once or necropsies of larger single animals up to 5 meters in length.