Decomposition

At 300 feet in the Salish Sea there is no light to support photosynthesis. The remains of organisms that die in shallow waters are brought to the bottom by gravity. How long does it take for a large animal to decompose? This pig carcass was tethered at 300 feet in the Strait of Georgia.

Day 1. Pig carcass at 300 feet in the Strait of Georgia. (Click to enlarge.)

Day 14. A pig carcass on the bottom at about 14 days.

Day 34. Whats left after 34 days. (Click to enlarge.)

Hear the full story of the pig's decomposition from Dr. Gail Anderson.

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