The Whale Museum is pleased to welcome Jessica Lundin to present Conservation Canines as part of the 2014 Summer Lecture Series. Jessica will discuss “What happens after you scoop the poop? What the science of whale scat is telling us about Southern Resident killer whales."
The Orca Scat Team has been collecting scat samples from the Southern Resident killer whales since 2006 with the help of Tucker and other Conservation Canines. These scat samples are being analyzed for toxins, hormones and DNA to help us better understand toxin loads, stress and nutritional condition, and pregnancy status across seasons and years. These important measurements can help us evaluate how different stressors affect this endangered population and help guide population recovery efforts.