Penguins can't taste fish, study reveals

  • 18/02/2015

A new study has found that penguins can't detect the savoury taste of fish.

There are five tastes mammals like humans can detect – sweet, sour, bitter, salty and umami, the latter of which gives meat its flavour.

But researchers have revealed that the flightless bird can only taste salty and sour flavours.

Steve Pointing, director of AUT's Applied Ecology Institute, says every other bird can taste all the flavours, except sweetness.

So why can't penguins, who feast on fish, taste umami?

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