Dogs are trained to do incredible things. They are trained to help people with disabilities, and they even save lives by sniffing out bombs. But here’s something outrageous, dogs are also trained to sniff out poop to save lives…the lives of Orca whales!
Everyone, meet Tucker, the dog who helps scientists find Orca excrement. So why is finding excrement important in saving the lives of these whales? Collecting DNA in animal excrement is one of the key ways modern researchers track what factors might be leading to a species decline, and what steps can be taken to stop it. Researchers need Tucker’s powerful sense of smell to find Orca scat. Watch the video below and learn more!