Here are some examples of Brandon's work.
The cleaning and staining process works best for fish and vertebrates. In order to prep the specimen for the process, you need to: 1) scrape off the scales, 2) remove the eyes, 3) slice open the underbelly area, 4) remove the internal organs.
For some reason I had the hardest time doing those steps with the smallest fish ever. I called it a $.25 fish, because it was literally two inches big. I've dissected an entire cat by myself and had no issues with that, but I almost ended up on the floor with this this fish. Maybe it's because fish/seafood is the worst smell on the planet to me. But, I made it through!!
After prepping it, we mixed up the digestive enzyme containing borax that will eat away at the skin turning soft tissues transparent. I think that process takes 2 or 3 days, so by Thursday we will begin the next step. Which will be dying the bones red.
Since I was unable to take photos being my hands were all fishy, I found this great YouTube video that gives the step by step process of what we did/ will be doing.
Take a look at my mini makeshift kitchen. I love it, it makes me feel like I'm in France or something.
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