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Glands remove salt: penguins

Penguins help handle excess salt in their diet via specialized salt glands.

BIOMIMICRY TAXONOMY
Summary
"To handle excess salt loads of marine life, penguins have specialized salt glands in the facial region with histology similar to renal tissue." (Miller 1978:103)
About the inspiring organism
Spheniscidae
Spheniscidae
Common name: Penguins

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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist


Bioinspired products and application ideas

Application Ideas: System for removal of salt from water, chemistries, or collection of valued salts.

Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Desalination, manufacturing

References
Miller, R. E. 1978. Zoo and wild animal medicine. W. B. Saunders Philadelphia.
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