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Whale disposal

Steve O'Shea

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A major problem these days, with so many whales stranding.

We've just finished a two-year MAppSc thesis on the effects of cetacean disposal in beaches. Today we may have got ourselves a 20 ton whale to dispose of at sea, and monitor the effects of disposal (both organics and biological) on the sea bed.

I'll post away images of what happens here, a combination of ROV and surface photography. Hopefully in two days we get to sink a whale in relatively shallow water (30-40 metres). Exciting stuff.

I'll post an abridged version of the latest thesis in a couple of months (that's how long it will take for the review and edits to be made, if any of the latter), and a link to the thesis online, if you are interested.
 

DWhatley

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This will definitely be worth watching! I saw an film several years ago where students experimented with a whale carcass and things did not go smoothly. Fun to watch but I would not have been able to hack the smell.
 

Steve O'Shea

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We're all set and head off tomorrow morning to go sink a whale. Rather exciting stuff. Will post pics very soon.
 

DWhatley

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I was hoping you would see it before you took off as I was impressed with how much info the were able to put in a small vid - too bad we can't do streaming on this one, would love to vicariously participate!
 

baldtankman

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dwhatley;135454 said:
:tomato: and is why I would love to vacariously participate
:roflmao::roflmao: Indeed. The "bonus" of a seat to yourself on train wears off when you realise the aroma is in your pores, and is with you for at least 24 hours...
 

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