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How to seabirds drink if seawater makes us ill?


How to seabirds drink? If we drink salty water, we feel really ill, so can they drink from the sea?
Nikki, North Wales


** Definitive **
Name: Elizabeth, Sutton
Qualification: Fully trained zoologist
Answer: A lot of seabirds don’t drink water. Most get their water from the fish they eat, which has a lot of water in them. Certain seabirds, such as Albatrosses, have a special tube in their nose which they use to extract the salt from the water, which allows the water to be drinkable.

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