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Why are penguins unable to fly ?


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#1    Saru

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:14 PM

A team of scientists has been attempting to determine why penguins are unable to take to the skies.

Nature.com said:

The researchers tagged murres with recorders that measured the time of dives as well as depth and temperature, and cormorants with data-loggers that measured depth, temperature and acceleration changes during dives.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 02:46 PM

I was under the impression that the reason why they couldn't fly was:

They don't have feathers like flying-birds;

and that they are too pudgy for their slim wings.

Edited by Skeptic Chicken, 21 May 2013 - 03:03 PM.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 03:19 PM

Who is saying penguins can't fly??

http://m.youtube.com...feature=related


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:03 PM

Glad to see some other country wasting money on stupid research for a change.
Its usually the USA complaining about the economy while spending on dumb stuff like this.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:11 PM

Penguins "fly" underwater.But if they could fly thru the air the Sealions / Orca's would go hungry.When they leap out of the water and jump 30/50 feet is that considered flying or jumping to the nearest land/berg ?

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:13 PM

Well, at a guess their wings aren't big enough.
Can i get a grant of millions for this painstaking research, please?

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:28 PM

View PostColonel Rhuairidh, on 21 May 2013 - 04:13 PM, said:

Well, at a guess their wings aren't big enough.
Can i get a grant of millions for this painstaking research, please?
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Posted 21 May 2013 - 04:40 PM

I'm very glad penguins can't fly - it would make things really difficult at tea-time!

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 05:08 PM

View Postealdwita, on 21 May 2013 - 04:40 PM, said:

I'm very glad penguins can't fly - it would make things really difficult at tea-time!

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Mrs.E hates it when someone gets chocolate on the ceiling!
  HaHA, theres a valley on the Falklands that's about 6 inches deep in Penguin Poo,just as well cows don't fly eh.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 06:35 PM

It's just too darn hard to fly in a tuxedo.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:46 PM

Yeah, penguin obesity is 100%.

So, with their genetic appetite, swimming seems more appropriate.


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:50 PM

I think the obvious answer is that they're just too fat and their wings are too small " no professional scientific proof needed"


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:13 PM

View PostHimawari69, on 21 May 2013 - 08:50 PM, said:

I think the obvious answer is that they're just too fat and their wings are too small " no professional scientific proof needed"
  Yep you're right,its not Rocket science to work it out,so why are these guys being given a grant of X amount of cash to Prove it ?

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:37 PM

View Postspud the mackem, on 21 May 2013 - 09:13 PM, said:

Yep you're right,its not Rocket science to work it out,so why are these guys being given a grant of X amount of cash to Prove it ?
exactly, next thing you know they're gonna be spending more money on research explaining why an ostrich can't fly * sigh*


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Posted 21 May 2013 - 09:39 PM

View PostSkeptic Chicken, on 21 May 2013 - 02:46 PM, said:

I was under the impression that the reason why they couldn't fly was:

They don't have feathers like flying-birds;

and that they are too pudgy for their slim wings.

They do have feathers but specialized ones for waterproofing and insulation, not flight. I believe that unlike flying birds they also do not have hollow bones. They need the extra weight to submerge more easily.





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