Research on Wakefield whale

An autopsy has been carried out on the dead humpback whale floating in Gulf St Vincent, about 1km off Port Wakefield.
Scientists from the South Australian Museum have been investigating the cause of death since the six metre whale was found by a local fisherman early last week. It was tied to a channel marker and then taken to Adelaide last Wednesday for an autopsy.
David Stemmer from the museum said the carcass would be used in scientific research which  may improve conservation efforts.
“We take a whole range of measurements and will take a lot of samples, some for toxic contaminant analysis like heavy metals, others for genetics and will examine it carefully from the inside, peeling back the blubber and seeing if it was hit by something,” he said.
When contacted by the Plains Producer, Mr Stemmer revealed slight bruising on the carcass. “We didn’t find anything in the stomach. But the bruising suggests it may have been hit by something,” he said.
The skeleton may be displayed as part of the museum’s collection.
“The main purpose at the moment is to use the carcass for study,” Mr Stemmer said.
. Autopsy results were expected today (Wednesday).