Whether it’s for religious and cultural purposes or simply in the name of science, some people spend a lot of time with decaying human bodies. In fact, there are actual “body farms” designed for researchers and scientists to study the process of decay, among other things.
Making up just the seventh of its kind in the United States, Florida’s newest body farm will house body donations, labs for ballistics and remote sensing, and serve as a training facility for K9 officers. The Florida Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactical Training (FIRST) will also house several facilities for virtual autopsies, 3D printing, and research.
The site at body farms is probably one you’ve never seen, as decaying bodies may be strewn about the land. Some may be even be caged. And we’re not talking about the type of dead body you see at a funeral. These things can be covered in maggots, completely discolored, and look as if they’re wearing a leather body suit.
But it’s not just about studying the decaying process. Tampa’s body farm could aid in providing insights to some of Florida’s almost 16,000 cold cases, according to Pasco County Sheriff Chris Nocco, who said he sees the county becoming “the Silicon Valley of forensics.
To learn more about the process of decomposition and to get a closer look at what a body farm looks like, check out the video below.
WARNING: Visuals may not be suitable for some viewers.