Mako shark gets a CT scan as a possible first for such an animal.
As the articulated skeleton of the 2.01mt Mako shark at the Australian Museum becomes a reality, we decided on a CT scan of the entire shark.
It is probably one of the first in the country for a shark that size, and scanned in its entirety.
The University of Sydney helped us, however there were certain restrictions which related more to the shark than the scanner.
The shark could only be a maximum length of 2.02 metres and not weigh more than 100Kg. The width of the table itself was also an issue, as Makos have quite wide pectoral fins.
We transported the Mako by car to the Veterinary Science Building at the University and prepared it for the scanner.
Channel 9 in Sydney came along for the story and subsequent interviews.
We placed the Mako shark on the CT scanner table and carefully measured it.
A full length scan of the body followed, up to the caudal peduncle, as the rest of the tail would not fit.
We then moved the Mako forward so as to include the tail in the second scan run.
On closer examination, we noticed what appeared to be a circle hook, possibly from a longliner, lodged inside the stomach. The CT scan and subsequent images will help us with the skeletal reconstruction of the shark over the coming months.
In addition, such a scan is also a first and will show the amazing features which can only be seen under the skin of such a beautiful and majestic animal like the Mako shark.