Share this Post:

unEARTHED. The Earthjustice Blog

Monday Reads: The Right Whale Detection Dog Edition


    SIGN-UP for our latest news and action alerts:
   Please leave this field empty

Facebook Fans

Related Blog Entries

by Shirley Hao:
Monday Reads: The Hybridizing Shark Edition

Climate change has been accused of being many things, from Imposter to Glacier National Park Name-killer. And now to the list we can add...Interspecie...

by Shirley Hao:
Monday Reads: The Hawk Cam Edition

Polar bears may be the poster child for climate change, but our warming world is affecting flora and fauna up the food chain and down. Birds of prey a...

by Shirley Hao:
Monday Reads: The Midway Atoll Tsunami Edition

Several hours after the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami struck northern Japan, towering waves raced west across the Pacific, engulfing the...

Earthjustice on Twitter

View Shirley Hao's blog posts
01 February 2010, 5:04 PM
Of right whales and dogs
Fargo the detection dog meets a right whale calf up close and personal. Photo: New England Aquarium.

Collectively, detection dogs have had a long and illustrious career. Although drug sniffing and bomb detection dogs often get top billing, canines are also proudly finding counterfeit DVDs, bed bugs, and cell phones.

And now we can add right whales to the list.

(Well, right whale scat, at least. Although occasionally, a curious right whale may show up along the way.)

Hunted to near extinction, right whales today are the subject of intense research and conservation efforts. Earthjustice is fighting for them on the legal front, action that comes on the heels of a recent Earthjustice campaign, during which more than 23,000 Earthjusticers eloquently spoke out to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on the importance of right whales.

Outside of the courtroom, the New England Aquarium has pioneered some decidedly creative methods to aid North Atlantic right whale research: scat-sniffing dogs. That’s right; these dogs search out and locate whale poop.

Unlike their other-sniffing brethren, these dogs can’t simply walk their handlers to the finish line; the scat is in the water, and the dogs are on a boat. In an impressive three-step process, the dogs stand at attention at the bow of the boat and "tell" their handlers which direction the scat lies. The handler conveys this to the helmsman, who then steers the boat accordingly—and this all happens quite successfully, we might add.

Since you can’t exactly take blood samples at will from a 50 ton whale, the scat samples provide a wealth of biological information for scientists, helping them to study right whale reproduction and health trends. And given there are less than 400 North Atlantic right whales remaining, every whale counts.

These hard-working pups are putting their keen noses to good use, and can look forward to a gleeful tennis ball play session as a search reward.

 Fargo, a rottweiler trained in scent detection, helps to locate right whale scat samples that will be analyzed for hormones, biotoxins and diseases. (Credit: New England Aquarium)

Fargo, a rottweiler trained in scent detection, helps to locate right whale scat samples that will be analyzed for hormones, biotoxins and diseases. (Credit: New England Aquarium)

Visit Earthjustice’s Doing Right by Right Whales feature for more information on right whales.

And don’t miss the New England Aquarium’s interesting North Atlantic Right Whale Catalog which contains more than 200,000 photographs, documenting sightings of individual right whales with such colorful names as Kleenex, 1/4 Note, Harry Potter, and Wavy Gravy.

 

More Reads:

 

That's pretty unusually but definitely so amazing skills. Blame those humans being so cruel to them to the fact that dogs have very much help skills to mankind.

I believe some dogs are very active and intellectual, if we teach something they understand very quickly and are more honest and loyal teachers Logo Design

Pretty good post.I found your website perfect for my needs. thanks for sharing the great ideas.

Really a good article and nice content to discuss.

spiral stair

These hard-working pups are putting their keen noses to columbia sportswear outlet good use, and can look forward to a gleeful tennis ball play the north face outlet session as a search reward.

Thanks for the post, this is really fantastic work by the blogger.........
internet marketing company

it is really interesting. whale is the part of our environment. we have to think and protest whale hunting and have to save the essential animal. london removals

OMG, that dog seems to be well trained for this task....

some of the dogs are intellectual and very active,if we teach anything they grasp it very fast and they are more honest and loyal to the masters

Some dogs bite will be very poisonous, we should be verycareful.........
hazardous area computer

You are right my friend i had once been bitten & was a very bad experience.
fulfillment

The North Atlantic right whale was once found throughout the North Atlantic Ocean, from the United States and Canada to Europe. Today, after centuries of intensive hunting, the right whale is mostly confined to the Atlantic coast of the U.S. and Canada.
dahon mariner d7

These kind of articles are always attractive and I am happy to find so many good point here in the post, writing is simply great, thanks for sharing.
boots converse

it was an interesting article to read
replacement windows mechanicsburg pa

the scat samples provide a wealth of biological information for scientists, helping them to study right whale reproduction and health trends.business cash advance

Dogs have good sense of smell,which help them to track almost anything
new xbox 360 games

Very informative and trustworthy blog. Please keep updating with great posts like this one. I have booked marked your site and am about to email it to a few friends of mine that I know would enjoy reading
omegle

Thanks for such wonderful article..keep up the good work...
onketing india

Whale detection dog. That's something i am hearing for the first time.
electric dog fence

Good man this remember me when i use to go for fishing with my dad.

miami limo

adroitness accommodating in a sponsored action are accepted to acknowledge to the action admirers any cogent banking absorption or added accord with any bartering supporters of the activity.uk movers

The post is written in very a good manner and it entails many useful information for me. I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Now you make it easy for me to understand and implement the concept. Thank you for the post.

business logo
hughesnet
denver attractions

Thank you very much for posting this article. Its a very useful article. We will be acquire lot of things from this site.So i want some information about this post.

custom logo design

very interesting blog post!

This is nice post which I was awaiting for such an artice and I have gained some useful information from this site. Thanks for sharing this information.
duty belt

I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post....
5 S

Their attitude of "learning by doing" mutual allows students to be trained the fundamentals in less time than at most schools. tactical gear

They have to disclose the chemical contents for the household cleaners.
Business Logo Design

I have visited many of blog but did not get such impression with content creation and information as here. It is an inspirational stuff. Thanks for all the enthusiasm to offer such helpful information here.
flex chat

The post is written in very a good manner and it entails many useful information for me. I am happy to find your distinguished way of writing the post. Now you make it easy for me to understand and implement the concept. Thank you for the post.Hermes Birkin Bags

Many of students take internship in their second year in schools. Usually they pick the program in the first or second quarter of year.

In an impressive three-step process, the dogs stand at attention at the bow of the boat and "tell" their handlers which direction the scat lies. The handler conveys this to the helmsman, who then steers the boat accordingly—and this all happens quite successfully, we might add.tinggi badan

Excellent concept. I would like to best work from you in the future as well.

Thanks for sharing with us. Jordan Sneaker

This looks absolutely perfect. All these tinny details are made with lot of background knowledge. I like it a lot. Keep on taking action!
smuckers natural peanut butter

brave dogs!! They help us find some lost pepople out of trouble...
free ads |job listings|jacuzzi bathtubs

Right whales today are the most talked about animal in between the conservationist and many animal groups .scat-sniffing dogs has been widely used for this operation in fact they go under a very strict training sessions from the professionals before get on to work.i think some more animal welfare NGO's must take part in ti to make the movement successful.

thank for sharing..

Myspace
Myspace
http://www.myspace.com
[URL=http://www.myspace.com]Myspace[/URL]
[URL="http://www.myspace.com"]Myspace[/URL]

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
  • Web page addresses and e-mail addresses turn into links automatically.
  • Allowed HTML tags: <a> <em> <strong> <cite> <code> <p> <ul> <ol> <li> <dl> <dt> <dd> <blockquote>
  • Lines and paragraphs break automatically.

More information about formatting options

Type the characters you see in this picture. (verify using audio)
Type the characters you see in the picture above; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.