In the extensive footage, the researchers spotted nearly 200 instances of penguins attacking the gelatinous ocean creatures, dubbed 'gelata'Penguins prefer to eat sexually aroused jellyfish, over fish and shrimps, when they are hunting for food, a new study has shown.Research conducted using cameras on the animals has revealed Adelie penguins target jellyfish with prominent genitals even when their traditionally preferred food of small shrimp-like crustaceans known as krill are available.Overall, the four penguin species consumed an observed 187 species of true jellyfish, along with 11 comb jelly species eaten by the Magellanic and little penguins.In the new study published to the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, researchers gathered more than 350 hours of footage from four species of penguin.
In a new study, researchers spotted nearly 200 instances of penguins attacking the gelatinous ocean creatures, dubbed 'gelata.'In the extensive footage, the researchers spotted nearly 200 instances of penguins attacking the gelatinous ocean creatures, dubbed 'gelata.'Gelata accounted for more than 1 percent of the daily needs for Adélie, Magellanic, and yellow-eyed penguins, and up to 2 percent for little penguins. 30% Off for this Summer, use this coupon code: SUM17 Key Filehosts: Keep2Share’s traffic is now 5 GB per day (Instead of 1GB per day). Download from ALL Filehosts as a premium user at incredibly fast speeds!It is thought the reason behind the saucy snacking is the high carbon and protein content present in active sex glands.The findings, revealed in a new publication by scientists from the French and Japanese national Antarctic programmes, come from research conducted by fitting penguins with tiny cameras to see what they got up to under the sea ice and was backed by conservation charity WWF.