Scientists found USB inside seal poo

Scientists were shocked to find a USB stick inside a block of seal poo after it was eaten, digested and then frozen for research.

Scientists found USB inside seal poo

Scientists found a USB stick inside a block of seal poo after it having been eaten, digested and then frozen for a year.

Researchers at New Zealand's National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research made the discovery while analysing the leopard seal faeces.

They are now hoping to return the stick to its owner - who misplaced the stick around November 2017.

The poo was collected by a vet in Oreti Beach, Invercargill, over a year ago.

Volunteers Jodie Warren and Melanie Magnan - who work in NIWA's lab - were the ones who spotted the USB.

Jodie said: "We basically have to sift it. You put it under the cold tap, get all the gross stuff off, smoosh it around a bit and separate the bones, feathers, seaweed and other stuff."

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