University of Waikato livestreams shark dissection

Get up close to the giant creature - and see what's inside.
Get up close to the giant creature - and see what's inside. Photo credit: University of Waikato / Facebook

The University of Waikato is livestreaming its public dissection of a 2.54 metre shark on Saturday.

The shark was found on the beach on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula last year. It's believed to have died after being caught in a fishing net.

The livestream will run from 2pm to approximately 4:30pm

"LIVE SHARK DISSECTION at Happy Harbour Fun Day," the university says.

The first half of the dissection will focus on the bronze whaler's external features such as the fins, teeth, gills and skin, along with the shark's six senses and brain. The second half will focus on the liver, stomach, kidneys and reproductive organs.

What scientists find inside the shark's stomach may be intriguing.

"I'm expecting to find perhaps some bony fish remains, but who knows. It depends how far digested the stomach's contents are," says Masters student Melissa Kellett.

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