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You won’t believe what these dogs can smell.

You won’t believe what these dogs can smell.

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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