SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A graduate student at the University of Rhode Island is hoping his study of what he calls “whale snot” will yield important health information about the beluga whale population.
Doctoral student Justin Richard, of North Stonington, Conn., wants to learn whether a whale’s gender, reproductive status and other information can be determined from the cells and hormones they exhale.READ MORE: NH Man Accused Of Threatening To Assassinate Sen. Maggie Hassan
Scientists normally collect such information by firing a biopsy dart into the animal. He says the hope is to find non-invasive ways to learn about belugas.READ MORE: NH Amber Alert Prompted By 'Sophisticated Phone Scam,' Manchester Police Believe
Richard will first collect exhale samples from beluga whales at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut, where he worked for nearly 10 years as a whale trainer. He also plans to spend time in Arctic Canada during the next two summers to try to collect more samples.MORE NEWS: Gov. Baker Proposes Waiving Massachusetts Sales Tax For All Of August And September
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