Hungry SA penguins know one good tern deserves another


Hungry SA penguins know one good tern deserves another

Penguins herd hapless fish to the surface in a co-ordinated attack with hovering birds above, it's been confirmed


When pint-sized African penguins dive in the icy waters off Stony Point in Betty’s Bay, there’s a good chance that hungry cormorants and shearwaters are hovering overhead.

The birds remain in a holding pattern in the air because the penguins, when they reappear, are likely to have herded a school of anchovies to within striking range.

Let the dive-bombing begin. The penguins, of course, are not acting out of altruism. Pushing the swarm of darting fish from depths of greater than 30m toward the surface is in their interest too...

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