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.

6 Comments on "For Science: Watch Sea Lice Eat a Pig from Inside Out"

  1. InfvoCuernos | Oct 23, 2012 at 8:19 pm |

    I like the guest appearance by Cthulhu at the end.

  2. Jack Benny! | Oct 23, 2012 at 9:31 pm |

    Great soundtrack!

  3. 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 | Oct 24, 2012 at 9:09 am |

      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.

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