Friday, September 23, 2011

Secret of the Puking Penguins is on S.T.E.M. Friday.

When does a stomach stop working like a stomach? When does it stop digesting food and start preserving it instead? What can be more important than having a daily dose of nutrition? It turns out that
the King penguin, which is the second largest penguin, has successfully adapted this strategy to increase its chick's chances of survival in a very cold place. French scientists travelled to the Crozet Archipelago, a group of islands south of Madagascar, where a large colony of King penguins lives. Like other birds, King penguin dads regurgitate on their chick's mouth to feed them. But in many occasions, dad had not eaten for the last three weeks, so their stomach should be empty. Hmm... Was it? The way to answer this question was to take a look at the penguin's stomach content, so imagine yourself surrounded by hundreds of noisy penguins with a very sharp beak and trying to take a sample of one of the big bird's stomach. Not easy, but the scientists succeeded and found out how the King penguin's stomach preserves fish and squid fresh for its baby chick. The baby gets the most needed food until mom gets back from a feeding feast at sea and trades baby care duties with dad. Amazing adaptations!
This is one of the secrets in "Secret of the Puking Penguins,...,and More!" In this book, and on the other five of the Animal Secrets Revealed! series, you will also discover the secret of the chameleon's strong tongue grip, learn about 'alligator feelings,' which animal is a master of disguise, and how the peacock catches the rainbow.
For more fascinating blogs, visit today's S.T.E.M. host Rasco from RIF.


  1. What an amazing book--I'm going to have to check it out!

  2. I love books like this. Fascinating information about the animals we share this planet with.