The New England Aquarium Has a Dog Searching for Whale Dung

by Owen James Burke

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(Photo: New England Aquarium)

Fargo’s nose detects four times more North Atlantic right whale poop than any other method the research team at the New England Aquarium in Boston has employed. Lucky him.

Why are they studying whale poop? Apart from being an iron-rich fertilizer for the open ocean, whale scat allows us to learn more about the health and reproductive cycles of whales, kind of like your gastroenterologist. There’s also a dog sniffing out orca poop in the Pacific.

Read more at Ocean Portal, a Smithsonian Blog — OB

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