Tucker is the world’s first canine marine biologist. Formerly a stray on the streets of Seattle, this special dog now spends his time sniffing out and tracking orca, also known as killer whales, off the coast of Washington. You see, Tucker is the first dog in the world that is able to find and track the scent of orca scat, or feces, in open ocean water — up to a mile away, even in the smallest of specks.
The boat, in this case, is Tucker’s leash. The captain can determine which way to steer the ship by interpreting Tucker’s posture, stance, and level of interest. So how is Tucker rewarded for his hard work? With his ball! He is so utterly ball-driven, that he’ll work for play time. However, despite hundreds of hours spent sniffing out orca scat on boats, this is one dog that refuses to get wet!
To learn more…visit the University of Washington Website http://conservationbiology.uw.edu/conservation-canines/