/ Fecal recognition technology
I was hoping you had found a good bullsh1t detector. Mine broke due to overload at some point in 2016.
I went to a talk about otters last year, and the speaker had very thoughtfully brought along a lot of little tupperware boxes of spraint (aka otter poo) for everyone to have a sniff.
A couple of years ago I found Black Grouse droppings in a climbing area where there were thought to be absent/extinct. Sent a photo to the National Park office, crag now closed at certain times of year, but it was a crap choss pile anyway. Never seen the birds there, unfortunately.
If you are hiking in the North or Eastern Europe, recognizing bear shit is also a useful skill.
Nice. Looks like the sort of rage we could do with right now.
Mine are just brown and sloppy
Always interesting to try to identify poo, and pellets too.
I read the other day that it smells like Jasmine tea. Can you confirm this?
I would have to go out and buy some jasmine tea to be sure, but it's possible. It's not unpleasant really, but even so it's definitely poo. ;-)
Not in my experience. It smells mainly of fish, but not quite, maybe a little salty or tangy. Easily identified because of the fish scales that can make it look as if someone tried to roll a turd in glitter, and because it will always be on top of a rock or tree stump, as otters, like all mustelids, use their faeces for territorial marking.
Thus, the martens that live next to my house always choose to shit precisely onto the stubby antenna on the roof of my car. I don't eve bother removing it any more other than by driving. I guess that my weekly commuting long distance, with the car otherwise parked in prime marten territory at either end, drives them into a marking frenzy...
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