Penguins choosy of fishing mates

Date: 1/12/2007

Just like humans, penguins are choosy about the buddies they take on fishing trips, research has found. Penguins at Phillip Island Nature Park in Victoria, Australia were discovered to be ing other penguins to take on long fishing trips, instead of grouping randomly. The park’s penguin biologist, Dr Andre Chiaradia, and his research team tracked the fairy penguins using microchips over four breeding seasons. The penguins were less picky about their companions in years when food was scarce. This research is being published in the journal Animal Behaviour.

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