Analysis techniques

Scientists have 3D scans of each of the bones from the whale, which they hope will inform future research on this species.

A technique called finite element modelling can use the shape and size of the jaw bones to give experts a more accurate picture of how the animals feed.

Scans of the ear bones will help learn more about how whales communicate underwater.

Studying baleen, the bristled plates that whales use to filter food, can provide many clues about how an animal might have lived.

The baleen from this whale is in the Museum's research collection. It is being used to find out a range of new information, including this whale's diet and migration routes, and the levels of pollution in the ocean when it died.

The same research is also happening using the thousands of other whales in the collection.

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