10 Amazing Facts About Penguins

February 5, 2018
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Penguins are such amazing birds. They are one of the most-loved birds worldwide and celebrated every April 25th. Of course, penguins are not like your typical bird, they are very cute and special.

Penguins are only found in a cold environment, this is why they have a special type of body that protects them from cold. Penguins are birds that don’t fly; their feathers are too short to sustain flight. In fact, their flippers are more useful for swimming than for flying. You can find most penguins in the Southern Hemisphere because of its cold nature.

If this bird amazes you, you are about to discover more amazing facts about penguins that will surely blow your mind, keep on reading the top amazing facts about penguins.

Check the Top Ten Amazing Penguin Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

 

1. Species of Penguins

penguins

There are about 17 species of penguin and they reside in a variety of locations, mostly in the southern hemisphere. However, the species of penguin known as Galapagos penguins can sometimes be found in the north of the equator.

 

2. Tallest Penguin

The tallest penguin is known as “Emperor Penguins”, they can stand nearly 4 feet tall. They weigh nearly 80 pounds. On the other hand, Emperor penguin is the only species of penguin that nests in the Antarctic during the winter when temperatures go as low as minus 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

 

3. Shortest Penguin

Little Blue Penguin

The shortest penguin is known as “Little Blue Penguin” and they are about 16 inches.

 

4. Fastest Penguin

Gentoo Penguin

Gentoo Penguin is the fastest species of penguin. This penguin can reach up to 22 mph in speed when swimming.

 

5. Penguins Drink Sea Water

Gentoo Penguin

Penguins can drink salt water without harming their system. They have special gland “the supraorbital gland” behind their eyes that help them to filter salt from their blood and pass it out by sneezing.

 

6. Penguins Has Been Around 60 Million Years

Penguin fossil

The fossils of penguin discovered by scientists showed that the earliest penguins existed more than 60 million years ago. This means that penguins survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.

 

7. Countries to See Penguins

You can see most of the world’s penguins in the countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, and South Africa.

 

8. Penguins Camouflage While Swimming

Penguins have black and white plumage that acts as camouflage while they are swimming. The black plumage is hard to see from the above while the white plumage looks like the sun reflecting off the surface of the water when viewed from below.

 

9. Penguins Have No Land Predators

Penguins that reside in the Antarctica have no known land-based predators.

 

10. Penguins and Prostitution

Female penguins known as Adélie penguins in Antarctica are the first non-humans seen to practice prostitution. In 1998, these penguins were reported to be selling sex to males in exchange for rocks used for building nest.

 

Conclusion

There is no doubt that penguins are a very intriguing type of bird. They are not the type of bird that you would see every day but when you eventual see one, you will appreciate how cute and amazing they are.

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