Subject: Keiko: Latest Keiko Blurb (fwd)

mike williamson (williams@www1.wheelock.edu)
Mon, 2 Nov 1998 05:59:50 -0500 (EST)

November 3, 1998: Morphometrics

Earlier this week, we took measurements of Keiko's body. These are called 
morphometrics, and allow us to see how his body changes over time and to 
track his growth. Morphmetrics help us to determine whether or not Keiko is 
growing. For instance, through morphometrics we learned that Keiko grew 
more than a foot longer while he was in Oregon! We measure his overall 
length and his girth (like measuring his waist) behind his pecs and behind 
his dorsal fin. The temperature has dropped very gradually since Keiko 
arrived in the bay. We take water samples from the bay on a regular basis 
to make sure the water quality is excellent, and to measure the salinity of 
the water. We do this by collecting samples in small jars from inside the 
baypen and also outside the baypen. We then deliver them to the research 
center here on the island so they can run specific tests in their lab.