Biopsy Darting of Beluga Whale Carcasses

Regions: Inuvialuit Settlement Region

Tags: biology, beluga whale, tissue sampling, whale

Principal Investigator: Patenaude, Nathalie (1)
Licence Number: 12205
Organization: McMaster University
Licenced Year(s): 1992
Issued: Jan 01, 1992
Project Team: Self

Objective(s): To develop and document a biopsy darting technique of beluga whales to ensure safe and unbious samples for future research;

Project Description: The researcher will use a crossbow to fire an arrow with a stainless steel biopsy tip into landed beluga whales. Different tip designs will be tested to evaluate biopsy tip length and diameter required for effective sample retrieval, strength of bow string, and effective distance. Tissue surrounding the sample site will also be tested for tissue damage, and wounds will be photographed after each attempt.