Charity dismisses ‘penguin’ in Portsmouth report

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THE Royal Society for the Protection of Birds has dismissed reports that a penguin was spotted off the coast of Portsmouth.

The charity stepped in to set the facts straight after a report in The Sun that the bird was seen diving for fish near Portsmouth Harbour.

Yesterday experts analysed a video of the sighting and say the black and white bird was in fact a guillemot.

Guillemots, which are members of the auk family, are commonly found along the UK’s shores.

Richard James, a wildlife adviser at the RSPB, said: ‘It is incredibly unlikely a penguin would travel this far.’