File this under Odd Science:
Aquarium scientists are scooping and analyzing floating whale poop from North Atlantic right whales as a way to analyze the health of this critically endangered species.
And I thought our sea otter research team was doing well to help protect California's threatened sea otters from the perils of cat poop. In fact a visit to the sea otter exhibit at the Monterey Bay Aquarium sparked legislation to help address the threat, and finance more research into other environmental threats facing otters.
Sounds like there's an emerging and very broad field of research out there: Scatology at Sea. Any other examples I'm missing?