We all know that dogs are a huge asset on the water and in the field. Well, the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans are using a German shepherd to help them sniff out lobster poachers.
Sonic is one of only two dogs known in the world to be able to smell pregnant, female lobsters, which are illegal to catch in Canada. During routine stops, Sonic inspects the catches, which he can identify the glue that holds lobster eggs in the females. The 3-year-old German shepherd took over for his partner, Buddy, who is now semi-retired.
“As far as I know, Buddy was the first dog in the world (trained to sniff out ‘berried’ female lobsters),” Stuart told the Star. “You are not allowed to have female lobsters with eggs on them. You can see the eggs … on the abdomen of the lobster. They are to be put back in the water because that’s your next generation.”