|Measuring the carcass.|
|Northbrook parent, Chip, and Krill work to secure the carcass.|
|Team effort in moving this carcass to a better location.|
|Northbrook Academy students and parents as well as local residents|
helping NECWA staff relocate the carcass to higher ground.
After relocating the carcass, the teamed weighed this ocean sunfish once again and we were able to collect a weight of 650 pounds! This is the heaviest ocean sunfish carcass that NECWA has weighed so far using this portable tripod apparatus.
|Northbrook Academy parent Chip, Krill and Foster|
working on the tripod.
|Foster and Jessica helping Krill with the tripod.|
|Northbrook Academy student Jessica and Lindsay helping out.|
|Northbrook parents Stuart and Chip helping rig the carcass.|
|Stuart adjusting the straps on the tripod.|
|Krill and Belinda experimenting with tags.|
Krill and Belinda then worked together to begin the internal examination of this animal. By cutting through the thin skin and then the thick reticulated collagen, they were able to access the reproductive tissues to determine that this individual was a female.
|Cutting through the thick reticulated collagen.|
|Krill trying to locate the sex organ.|
|Ovary removed from this ocean sunfish.|
Ocean sunfish have one gonad (reproductive organ) so they either have one ovary or one teste. The ovary of this fish was quite large and contained thousands of eggs.
|Foster examining the whole ovary of this carcass.|
|Sectioned ovary of the ocean sunfish.|
As Krill continued examining the internal structures of this animal, Belinda and Foster worked together to remove the large and beautiful eye of this animal.
|The eye of this beautiful species.|
|Belinda and her son Foster |
working together to examine the eye.
|Examining the eye of the ocean sunfish.|
|Krill lifting the sunfish with the chain lift.|