Penguin sets new dive record

Date: 1/6/2006

A tiny inhabitant of Phillip Island, south-west of Melbourne, has taken diving to a new depth. Researchers at Phillip Island Nature Parks have recorded the deepest ocean dive made by a little penguin at 67m, breaking the previous record of 57m, set in 2002. Researcher Dr Andre Chiaradia said little penguins, also known as fairy penguins, can dive a certain distance depending on their weight. Dr Chiaradia said the female penguin, which weighed 1020g, would usually dive to a maximum of 66m. But she managed to dive 67m, and was submerged for 90 seconds.

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