Odor-Chasing Penguins

Penguins may use their sense of smell to locate food in the ocean.

By Michael Price, 00:00 AM January 23, 2007

The smell of rotten eggs probably makes you cringe. But, for penguins, this smell might mean there's a meal nearby.

New research shows that penguins are attracted to this rotten-egg smell and probably use it when foraging for food in the ocean. The study is one of the first to show that penguins have a functioning sense of smell.

An African penguin. Although penguins can be smelly, they aren't known for a keen sense of smell. New research suggests that they might be able to detect certain odors to locate food.

An African penguin. Although penguins can be smelly, they aren't known for a keen sense of smell. New research suggests that they might be able to detect certain odor...

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