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7 Fun Facts About Penguins!

Updated on November 16, 2013

1. Penguins Spend A Lot Of Time Grooming Themselves

Penguins often spend hours a day caring for their feathers. However, this is not just because they are trying to impress the opposite sex! Penguins need to keep their feathers well maintained in order to help them to stay waterproof and windproof. Besides cleaning and rearranging their feathers, penguins also spread a natural and insulating oil over them. The oil comes from a gland at the base of a penguin's tail.

2. Penguins Like Tobogganing!

Tobogganing is when penguins glide across snow and ice on their bellies. The propel themselves forward using their flippers and feet. They can often move faster this way than they could on their feet.

Two Tobogganing Penguins
Two Tobogganing Penguins

3. Penguins Can Swim Super Fast!

In fact, the Gentoo penguin is the fastest underwater swimming bird and can swim up to 22 mph! Penguins can also dive deeper than any other bird.

4. Most Penguins Live In The Southern Hemisphere

Most penguins live in Antarctica, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, or Chili. There are no penguins at the North Pole.

5. Penguins Are Good At Holding Their Breath

Most penguins can stay under water for 10 to 15 minutes before having to come to the surface to breath.

6. Male and Females Penguins Look The Same

Most penguin species are not sexually dimorphic. The only exception is the crested penguins species where the males tend to have larger bills.

7. Not All Penguins Live In Cold Weather

Galapagos penguins live near the equator on the Galapagos Islands.

Want to learn more? Check out this video about Emperor Penguins in Antarctica!


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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Great facts!

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      ashley montgomery 4 years ago

      i love this website i want to join

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      Imogen French 4 years ago from Southwest England

      They are lovely creatures, aren't they, and are funny characters too. Thanks for a fun and interesting hub :-)