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Photos: Baby killer whale gets high-tech exam

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  • Updated: May 31, 2016
  • Published September 7, 2013

Workers at the Alaska Spine Institute are adept at operating their medical scanning machines. But one patient on Friday was, let's just say, a whale of a challenge for the imaging technicians there, who assisted biologists in gathering information about an unusual specimen.

This orca calf, 7 feet long and weighing about 250 pounds, is tiny by killer whale standards, but it is a huge opportunity for researchers from the National Marine Fisheries Service and SeaWorld.

Read more: Nuclear medicine helps researchers study pint-sized orca calf

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