Birds' (penguins') eyes and diving

Subject: Birds' (penguins') eyes and diving
From: Stephen Ambrose <>
Date: Wed, 01 Apr 1998 21:20:01 +1000
There would be very little light reaching the longest depths at which
penguins have been recorded.

If penguins are seeking prey at these depths, are their eyes extra
sensitive to low light levels, do they seek prey that fluoresce in the
dark, do they rely on detecting vibrations in the water created by prey
items, or do they encounter prey by chance?

Dr Stephen Ambrose
Research Manager
Birds Australia (Royal Australasian Ornithologists Union)
Australian Bird Research Centre
415 Riversdale Road,
Hawthorn East,
VIC   3123.
Tel:    +61 3 9882 2622
Fax:    +61 3 9882 2677
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