Poo’s Clues

A fresh scoop of blue whale poop collected for prey analysis. Look closely and you will see strands of black baleen.
A fresh scoop of blue whale feces collected for prey analysis. Look closely and you will see strands of black baleen. What does that mean? Read on to find out! (Photo by Asha de Vos)

I have a completely healthy obsession with poo… particularly of the animal variety, mostly of the whale variety. Whether you like it or not, there is something ridiculously eye-catching about this stuff. Don’t believe me? Did you see the photo?

I am a firm believer that blue whale poo is the most beautiful around. But, like any good scientist I am open to being challenged. What does the scat of your study species look like? Do you work with the #prettiestpoo?

Believe it or not, my own journey with the Northern Indian Ocean pygmy blue whales was first inspired by a chance encounter with a floating pile of poo. The significance and excitement of that moment remains with me to this day. It suddenly made me feel like Sherlock Holmes, eager to learn more about who, what and when as I worked through the clues before me. The next few moments went something like this…

I immediately realized from the immensity of the patch that the poo came —> Read More Here

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