Largest audience for a shark necropsy
Last updated: October 6, 2017 at 2:03 am
34,000 people – Public necropsy of a white shark performed by the Auckland Museum and the Department of Conservation (New Zealand) on January 8, 2009. The event was organised to raise awareness of the threats facing the great white shark. It was watched by a crowd of close to 4000 people, both from grandstands and on screens inside the Museum. The necropsy was also watched live by over 30,000 people around the world on the Internet, and is now available to view from the Auckland Museum website. The procedure was carried out by Marine Scientist Clinton Duffy from the Department of Conservation’s Marine conservation Section, and Auckland Museum’s Marine Curator Dr. Tom Trnski. “This was a fantastic and rare opportunity to bring the public face-to-face with a Great White, both to promote the conservation this magnificent and vulnerable species, and to further our knowledge of Great White biology,” says Dr. Trnksi. The operation examined and measured the shark’s internal organs and stomach contents – which included the remains of fish, parasites, a fishhook and nylon wire. (Source: Auckland Museum).