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The orca-tracking hound

A bustling orca-watching industry exists around the San Juan Islands off Washington State in the north western United States, and it is here that researchers are making use of a dog to locate samples of orca scat in order to collect it and study the orcas’ diet and overall health. The dog, a labrador mix called Tucker, is able to smell the orca faeces during the brief time that it floats, and then direct the boat towards the scent so that researchers can collect samples. He’s rewarded with some playtime with his favourite orange ball.

Read the full article here – it’s heart warming! There is a slideshow here.

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Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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