History of whale hearing: Maya Yamato and John Ososky

Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response Program
March 11, 2015
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Maya Yamato and John Ososky with dead whale
Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response Program

Dr. Maya Yamato and colleague John Ososky dissect the head of a deceased stranded fin whale in the Chesapeake Bay to examine soft tissue associated with the ears. In 2015, Yamato’s team of researchers from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History CT scanned 56 specimens of toothed and baleen whales and gained new insight about how whales successfully made the dramatic evolutionary shift from land to sea and adapted to hearing underwater. (Photo courtesy Virginia Aquarium's Stranding Response Program)