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Testing Pilot Whales’ Sense of Smell
Like all members of the dolphin family, pilot whales have a highly developed acoustic sense. But what of their sense of taste and smell? Can they perceive odors and flavors? What organs are involved? On board the Else, which belongs to the Asociacion de Naturalistas del Sureste (ANSE), the team of researchers from the Centre for Functional and Evolutive Ecology (CEFE) travelled to meet a pod of pilot whales in the Mediterranean off Carthage and answer these questions.