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Wildlife Conservation Society

Biopsy Dart

Caption: The scientists used biopsy darts to harmlessly collect bits of skin (and the genetic material needed for the study) from the whales. The small darts bounce off the backs of surfacing whales and then float, enabling the researchers to recover them.

Credit: T. Collins

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