OK, so we finished up our dissection 'class' this past weekend. In this round we dissected a pig heart, a perch, and a snake.
The heart was difficult to cut into and wasn't quite what we were expecting in terms of well, the amount of muscle and difficulty in operating and identifying. Also, the simple, small, if not plastic dissection kit that comes with these specimens made the project all the more difficult as it wasn't up to the task of cutting into preserved muscle tissue. Next time we'll know to buy the upgraded kit.
But, it's still interesting to peer inside things you might not otherwise ever peer inside of. Since we have girly girls who don't enjoy fish or fishing or really, anything fish related, the opportunity for them to gut a fish fresh off their rod just wasn't going to present itself anytime soon. My brothers fished and hunted, still do, and I used to know how to gut a catfish, but alas, our girls are different and have little interest in such pursuits...so we purchased a perch to peer into. So be it.
All in the name of science, right? I'm just thankful they at least enjoy the science aspect of it. And feel compassion for the critters on the table.
The snake was the most interesting of the critters we dissected. I have a unhealthy fear of snakes that I'm afraid I might have passed along to my girls at some point in our journey together. I feel bad about this, and thought maybe if we all held one in our hands (um, deceased of course) and cut it open, it wouldn't seem so 'scary.' I think there's some truth in this. I still think they're creepy, but I'm hoping maybe now they're not so panic attack creepy.
And, ironically, the snake had a dead fish in its belly. Circle of life.
In conclusion, my science/nature loving kids have informed me they will NOT be pursuing degrees having anything to do with mammals, fish, reptiles, or anything that involves slicing open living or dead things, smelly things, things with guts, things that eat other things, things that pump blood, or things that slither, or swim.
At least we've ruled something out.