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Watch Patrick Stewart explain why whales need snot-collecting robots

He’s played a captain of the USS Enterprise, an all-powerful mutant schoolmaster, and basically every Shakespearean role worth mentioning — but now Sir Patrick Stewart is lending his talents to the most noble cause of all: whale snot collection.

As Stewart illustrates in the video above, human researchers can be a major pain for the whales they’re trying to study. That’s not great, especially when those whales are members of an endangered species. But simply leaving them alone isn’t an option. If we don’t understand whales, we can’t help protect them from natural and man-made threats.

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