Thursday, October 23, 2008

Finally-Good News

Penguins living it up

Posted Thu Oct 23, 2008 10:46am AEDT

The penguins at Victoria's Phillip Island Nature Park may need to go on a diet.

Researchers say they appear to have had a bumper winter feeding on anchovies and are weighing-in 10 per cent heavier than average.

The park's research manager, Dr Phillip Dann, says their weight gains should lead to better survival rates this year.

He says researchers tracked the penguins have been tracked as far as Portland, off Victoria's west coast.

"They've travelled a lot further than we all thought," he said.

"We're assuming that the penguins have been finding big schools of anchovy and getting a lot of food value out of them."

Article courtesy of ABC News Online (Australia) @

Picture courtesy of The New England Aquarium @

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