For Science: Watch Sea Lice Eat a Pig from Inside Out

Via New Scientist:
In order to better understand how human bodies decompose in the ocean, Simon Fraser University forensic scientist Gail Anderson tracked the decomposition of a pig. The pig’s body was caged (to prevent larger predators like sharks from swimming away with it) and then submerged. Time lapse photography documents the pig’s remains as they’re consumed to the bones by sea lice and other small scavengers.

  • InfvoCuernos

    I like the guest appearance by Cthulhu at the end.

    • Matt Staggs

      I regret that I have but one upvote for this comment.

  • Jack Benny!

    Great soundtrack!

  • Camron Wiltshire

    Wow! Reminds me of “The Filth” by Grant Morrison. Had a verse there where time is sped up and exposure to the elements leads to expedited death/decomposition. The machines of nature, cleaning up husks and converting them into energy for the living, fascinating.

    • Matt Staggs

      As gruesome as that kind of thing is to watch, the great cycle of life, death and reintegration into the raw stuff of nature is really kind of beautiful.

      • Camron Wiltshire

        Yes. As I float above my mortal coil, time lapse fast back to ash, an acknowledgement of the Mystery’s perfect process.