Penguins Harmed by Research Bands The bands that are used to tell birds apart affect the birds' reproduction and survival, research shows. Thu Jan 13, 2011 10:04 AM ET Content provided by Susan Milius, Science News
Post Update from Feb. 24, 2011
Article: ÖKOLOGIE - "Pinguine leiden langfristig unter Flügelmarkierung" (Penguins suffer permanently from wing mark - Article is in German Language.
Abstract from Nature.
The article in German language can be translated with Opera Extension Tool: "HyperTranslate" by bebamail1
A similar problem is probably with snow leopards, which I will tell but not here - because of the penguins.(via Phönix TV from Feb 24th, 2011, 21:00)
It has long been believed that penguins (such as the Adelies) huddle together near the water's edge in order to push one in to check and see if the water is safe and free of penguin munchers like killer whales and leopard seals. Indeed, that is what I read in a penguin research book when I was ten (and some sites on the internet today). Not so, claims penguin authority, Dr. Lloyd Spencer Davis. Although penguins do tend to congregate at the water's edge they are not shoving and pushing to see who'll try out the water first. "Eventually one or two will dive in: whereupon the rest may or may not choose to follow," says Dr. Davis. For more information check out his site at PenguinWorld.com.
In light of this fact, I'd like to draw everyone's attention to the the group's second rule:
Rule #2: Do not push any other members into the water to see if it's safe to dive in.