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Penguins have an organ above their eyes that converts seawater to fresh water.

Investigators: Dobby & Harry

This is almost true. The organ is a Nasal Gland that helps the penguins get rid of excess salt in their body and then the salt (liquid or crystal form) gets pushed out of their bodies through their nostrils. It is believed that this functions better than their kidneys in getting rid of the salt. So, the "organ" does not really convert seawater into fresh water directly. This is our most reliable reference:

We found the information on a Database

Database: Encyclopedia Britannica Online: Academic Edition
Article Title: Nasal Gland
Author: Not specified
Created Date: Not specified
Access Date: 11, Feb. 2008 by Younge House

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