The secret life of penguins revealed

Posted on May 17, 2009 

The secret life of penguins revealed

Zoologists have long wondered where the flightless seabird goes during these long spells away from land — and now French scientists, in a study published in Wednesday, believe they can supply the answer.

A team from National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) attached monitoring devices to a dozen male and female macaroni penguins (Eudyptes chrysolophus) at the onset of winter on the French Indian Ocean territory of the Kerguelen Islands.

Weighing just six grammes (a fifth of an ounce) each, the gadgets were attached to the penguins’ legs by a harmless plastic strap.

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