Broad-billed prion. In flight, side view showing high forehead. Off Snares Islands, March 2013. This image, and feature image above © Phil Battley by Phil Battley
Over 800 of the carcasses ended up at Te Papa, and are being processed. The research involved includes determining the age and sex of each bird, collecting tissue samples for genetic and stable isotope analysis, and assessing whether they are suitable for our collection. If they are suitable, then the scientists need to determine whether the method of preparation is for study skins, skeletons, or for deposit in the spirit collection.
On Tuesday 22 October you will have the unique opportunity to view this research at Te Papa. Join Te Papa scientists online as they uncover the mystery of the storm wrecked whalebirds (prions).
Following the screening there is a special opportunity for Friends of Te Papa to then visit the laboratory in Tory Street, talk to the scientists, see what is happening, and discuss the project.
Numbers are limited for the visit to the Laboratory at Tory Street, and booking is essential.