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Senses of penguins

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Sight

  • Penguins are more or less emmetropic in air and water.
  • Penguins can perceive blue, green and violet colors well.
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Sense of smell

  • Penguins react on the chemical substance dimethyl sulphide which is an indirect indication for their prey.
  • The meaning of the sense of smell in social context is not well investigated yet.
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Sense of taste

  • Probably, penguins are able to perceive salty and sour tastes only.
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Hearing

  • The range of audible frequencies of penguins (100 to 15000 Hertz) agrees with that of a young human being (16 bis 20000 Hertz) approximately.
  • Hearing is very important in social context: Because of individual calls partners and chicks can regognize their family members.
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Touch

  • I assume that penguins sense touches but I did not find scientific publications about this topic yet.
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