Sarah Rice is a documentary photographer interested in exploring the elements that bind human beings to one another. Some of her work focuses on communities of individuals content to live apart from mainstream society; the choices...
Marine biologists and veterinarians perform a necropsy on a 42-foot fin whale calf that beached itself then died in Stinson Beach, California. They looked for signs of trauma and took samples, then dismantled the mammal for burial.
An excavator moves a 42-foot fin whale calf that beached itself then died in Stinson Beach, California. Marine biologists and veterinarians performed a necropsy on the mammal, then dismantled it for burial. The whale was too heavy for the excavator to move in one piece. The calf was estimated to be about a year old, and full grown fin whales can be between 40-80 tons.
Marine biologists use tarps to carry away the lower jawbone of a 49-foot long sperm whale that washed ashore dead on Pacific Beach in Pacifica, California. They were saving the jaw from looters who would carve out the teeth. Instead they will take the teeth back to the lab and count the rings to see how old the whale was.
The water at Stinson Beach washes up red with the blood of a 42-foot fin whale calf that beached itself then died in Stinson Beach, California. Marine biologists and veterinarians cut the mammal open to take samples and determine why it died.
It is a fact of nature that everything dies. When a whale dies, in most cases, there is no one around to witness. Every once in awhile, though, a whale beaches itself before it dies, or an already-dead whale washes up on a beach. Then the scientific community has a chance to learn from the whale, and the general public has the opportunity to witness such a large creature up close and in person.