Meet Tucker, A Poop-Sniffing Dog

Written by on May 27, 2013 in Marine Life

We all know that dogs like to greet each other by sniffing each other’s rear ends, but did you know that some dogs can actually track all kinds of animals by smelling their feces?

Tucker is one of these special dogs. His ability to smell orca feces, or scat, from up to a mile away is helping researchers at the University of Washington learn much more about orcas.

Without Tucker’s help, scat isn’t easy to find but it holds crucial information about the animal. For example, researchers can use feces to identify the individual animal, gender, eating habits, any chemical toxins and even stress levels. By locating more samples than researchers have ever been able to collect alone, Tucker and other working dogs are helping to protect animals around the world.

Watch the following report from Komo 4 News and read the associated article to learn more.

Tucker, hard at work with his research team from UW.

Tucker, hard at work with his research team from UW. Photo credit: ingridtaylar via photopin cc.

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About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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