Monday, December 8, 2008
trails of shit
Gentoo penguin's nests are frequently surrounded by a corona of white trails - they depose of their shit with an remarkable force equalling the pressure in a car tyre. This was actually subject of the research of a Victor Benno Meyer-Rochow of the University of Bremen in Germany, who was nominated for the ignoble (alternative) Nobel prize. He found out, that the force is needed, because the contents of the intestines is so acid that their skin and feathers would be damaged if it would stay on there.