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Right whale necropsy photo, showing blubber

A necropsy (animal autopsy) of a right whale in Florida. Note the extremely thick blubber layer just under the whale's skin.

© Dianna Schulte, Blue Ocean Society
Definition:

A necropsy is a dissection of the dead body of an animal to determine the cause of death. In essence, it is an autopsy performed on an animal, such as a whale or shark. Necropsies can help us learn more about the biology of an animal, how it is affected by disease or how human interactions may impact animals.

Examples:
The necropsy performed on the whale indicated that it had died of natural causes.

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