With a growing interest in wildlife diseases and a desire to non-destructively collect samples from whales scientists have been interested in collecting the exudates from whale blowholes.
At the simplest level, as they explain this involves three steps:
- Find whale.
- Hold petri dish over blowhole to intercept spout.
- Return to lab, enjoy sample.
Scientific report here:
"A novel non-invasive tool for disease surveillance of free-ranging whales and its relevance to conservation programs"
I've said this before, but I'll say it again, how can you not be a biologist when you could get to do things like this for a living?