Are you a science major or taking online college courses in science? If you dream of being a scientist, you probably envision yourself tucked away in a lab somewhere doing brilliant research. Did you ever picture yourself examining whale feces?
Well, that’s what some scientists do.
The world of science isn’t black and white. It’s filled with a thousand shades of gray– and some shades are more horrifying than others. Here are some of the strangest scientific jobs out there.
- Studying whale feces. You probably already know that you can learn a lot about an animal by examining its feces. Well, some scientists are harnessing excrement research to study one of the hardest (and largest) creatures to study: whales. Scientists are able to study an individual whale’s genetics through its feces. Some researchers even train dogs to sniff out the scent of whale feces on the open seas.
- Dung collector. How’d you like to examine prehistoric dung? Like whale feces, prehistoric feces is an amazing resource for scientists interested in the species. Researchers can even extract DNA from ancient dung or research diets of extinct animals. Dung can be used to date an animal’s existence on our planet before it went extinct.
Organ collector. You may be an organ donor, but do you know what happens to a donor body after death? Experts come in, remove the organs, and then go to work on the rest of your body. They take your bones to make a patch paste for orthopedic operations. These organ harvesters can spend as many as ten hours working over a cadaver