The Dog Nose Knows

You won’t believe what these dogs can smell.

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Eagerly leaning over the boat’s bow as if ready to plunge into the water and drag his human companion in with him, Tucker may seem like any water-loving Labrador Retriever — except that his tail wags excitedly for an odd reason. He smells orca dung.

Considered the world’s first dog to make a living finding the scat of endangered killer whales, Tucker knows that when he smells that smell, it means one thing: The ball-crazed dog and drug-sniffing-school dropout — finally gets to play with his favorite toy. It’s his reward for alerting University of Washington researchers to the hard-to-find feces.

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