Texas Marine Mammal Stranding Network

Dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals through rescue and rehabilitation, research and education.

TMMSN Educational Necropsies

The Marine Mammal Necropsy Experience

Appropriate for ages 14 and up, this experience gives participants a detailed, hands-on anatomical study of a real marine mammal specimen. During a necropsy, or animal autopsy, each specimen is carefully dissected to reveal unique anatomical structures and to collect data that may help determine the animal’s cause of death.  All necropsies are conducted at the TMMSN facility in Galveston, TX, and specimen availability is limited. Necropsy experiences are subject to change based on live animal rehabilitations in progress.