You Might Not Want to Look at These Explicit Images of an Elephant's Innards (NSFW)

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John R. Hutchinson is an evolutionary biomechanist, which I'm going to trust has something to do with the elephant cadaver he explored and photographed. Horror porn. Shock porn. Tragedy porn. Whatever you call it, these images are incredible and gross and sad and I can't stop staring at that long shiny smooth intestine. [WhatsInJohnsFreezer via BoingBoing]

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Bloated elephant body before the initial incision.

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Look at him. He is literally sprawled out on a length of ropey intestine.

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DAT MEMBRANE.

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Can't. Stop. Staring.

DISCUSSION

johnrhutchinson
JohnRHutchinson

Porn is in the eye of the beholder, but I feel as the scientist and blogger in question, I have to respond. There is the implication of exploitation, which I find offensive. Exploitation is mainly about intent, and if you read the FAQ for the blog ([bit.ly]) you'll see that is not the intent. Additionally, porn is about inciting a sexual reaction. Anyone having a sexual reaction to these images is not welcome at my blog and should seek professional help.

What is the intent of my blog, for those that don't read the FAQ, is to share the awesome, inspiring, seldom-seen nature of animal anatomy and evolution, from the inside. I mainly do this through presenting images, with brief explanations when I have time. This mainly hits intellectual buttons (what is it? how does it work? how did it evolve?) and emotional ones (how awesome! how disturbing! how strange!). It is not intended as a place for anyone with weak stomachs or the easily offended— but I think anatomy, in the scientific sense I present it, is not intended to offend, but to enlighten and invoke enthusiasm for the natural world.

It is sad that the animals died, and in other posts the blog talks about some of these tragedies, such as issues afflicting rhinoceroses and elephants globally. However, death is also a way of life and perhaps the blog is one way for people to slowly come to grips with that reality, and learn from death.

Thanks for the link and I hope this clarifies things; I am glad you found the images incredible- it was incredible being there!