Michael Moore, a veterinarian and whale biologist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, displays the contents of his portable whale necropsy kit. The note on the box lid says "Dear TSA: This case contains equipment for examining dead whales for NOAA (Dept. of Commerce). Knives, hooks, sharpeners, sample containers, saw, tapes, face protection."
Moore uses a Japanese whaling hook, which is useful for pulling back sheets of blubber to get at the animal's internal organs. He carries a bone saw -- formerly his mother's -- to get through jaws and vertebrae to find the location of a fatal injury.
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