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CNN: Scientists ask: Do penguins really fall over?

Nov 05, 2000, 13:59 (1 Talkback[s])

[ Thanks to Scott Reid for this link. ]

Scott Reid sends this link to an article asking: Do penguins really fall over?

For those of us growing up in the Midwest, this may seem the same as tales of heading into the pasture and tipping over sleeping cows. But, as Scott says, Tux must have his eyes on the skies.

"Two British scientists are traveling to South Georgia in the south Atlantic to find answers to that question and others from a study of the island's 400,000 King Penguins."

"Scientists have usually been skeptical about reports of penguins falling over backward to watch aircraft flying above them. But a senior officer on the British navy ship HMS Endurance, which is taking the scientific team to South Georgia, said he believed the reports."

"'The penguins always look up at the helicopters and follow them all the way until they fall over backward,' Stuart Matthews, the ship's operations officer, told the Daily Telegraph."

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