The Conservation Canines project, run out of the University of Washington, Seattle, uses highly-trained sniffer dogs – similar to those used by customs officials in airports – to track endangered or protected species. In this case, the dogs can detect whales’ floating fecal matter, pointing the way to go from the front of a boat. This allows conservationists to track and monitor the whales non-intrusively, without the use of tagging.
Noah and Jade will be sending us video updates so we can follow the making of their documentary over the next few weeks. In the meantime, check out their fund-raising page and help them cover some of the costs of this fascinating documentary project!