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What Do You Know About Penguins?

Updated on October 19, 2014

Penguins Are Cool This Summer

With the DVD release of Happy Feet, and Surfs Up penguins are cool again. I wanted to take this opportunity to share some information about penguins with you. They are very interesting creatures, and we should all learn a little more about them. There are several species in danger of extinction.

Please take a look, and see what you may be able to do to help. The proceeds from this lens will be donated to the Global Action Foundation.

How Many Different Types Of Penguins Are There?

There are 17 different species of penguins, all in the Southern hemisphere of our world. Only about 5 species live at the South Pole or in Antarctica. A few more live on small islands, and in Southern Africa.

Penguin Species

1. Adelie Penguin

2. African Penguin

3. Chinstrap Penguin

4. Emperor Penguin- The largest penguin species, measuring around 3 ½ feet.

5. Erect- Crested Penguin

6. Fiordland Penguin

7. Galapagos Penguin

8. Gentoo Penguin

9. Humboldt Penguin

10. King Penguin

11. Little (Blue) Fairy Penguin - The smallest penguin measuring around 16 inches.

12. Macaroni Penguin

13. Magellanic Penguin

14. Rock Hopper Penguin

15. Royal Penguin

16. Snares Penguin

17. Yellow Eyed Penguin

A Group of Adelie Penguins Walking Al...

Interesting Facts About Penguins

1. Most species of penguins mate for life, while some mate only for the season.

2. The male penguin stays with the eggs while the female goes to sea to hunt.

3. Even though they look awkward, and have short legs, penguins can walk as fast, or faster than most people.

4. Grown penguins have no predators while they are on land. The biggest predator for most penguin species while in the water, is the leopard seal.

5. Penguins can hold their breath under water for up to 20 minutes, allowing them to dive down and find food.

6. Penguins only live in the Southern hemisphere (no penguins at the North Pole)

7. Penguins have more feathers per square inch than any other bird (this helps keep them warm in frigid waters)

A Group of Emperor Penguins and Their...

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More Great Facts About Penguins

Penguin Chicks

Baby penguins are born with soft feathers called down. The young Penguins count on their parents for food and survival, until they grow their juvenile feathers. The juvenile feathers are waterproof, and they can begin to enter the water and learn to find their own food.

Southern Gentleman, or Crafty Camouflage?

The penguins beautiful tuxedo pattern has a very important purpose. Penguins are counter-shaded for camouflage. What does this mean? They are white on the bottom, because anything looking up at them from beneath in the ocean will not see them. They blend into the white shimmer the sunlight casts on the water. They're backs are black, any animal looking down at them from above in the water will only see the dark depths of the ocean.

What Do Penguins Eat?

Penguins eat fish, squid, or krill. Their diet varies by season, by location, and species.

Penguins on the Beach at Dassen Islan...

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Penguins On The Endangered List

All penguin species are protected from hunting or egg collection. It is also illegal to harm, or interfere in any way with a penguin, its eggs, or its young. There are at least 3 species of penguins in danger of, or threat of extinction.

Including the:

Humboldt Penguins

African Penguins &

Galapagos Penguins

All penguins will be threatened if the ice at the polar caps continues to melt, and the global temperature continues to rise.

To help the penguins do your part to help stop global warming.

Three King Penguins with Glacier in B...

Want To Know More About Penguins?

Here are some great resources.

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      6 years ago

      My daughter loves penguins. Great lens.

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      7 years ago

      Some interesting information about Penguins, very unusual animals.

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      Elizabeth Sheppard 

      7 years ago from Bowling Green, Kentucky

      I loved the movie March of the Penguins. It was so awesome. It made me really think how wonderful penguins are.

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      9 years ago

      Who doesn't love penguins? What an enjoyable and informative lens.

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      9 years ago

      Nice lens. I also have a penguin lens - fancy cross-linking?

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      9 years ago

      Great lens. I never knew penguins could walk as fast as people. They certainly don't look like they could waddle that quickly!

    • DawnMathisenakaC profile image


      9 years ago

      What a great lens! My son loves penguins as do I and this is a great and informative lens! It's 5 star. No wonder you are a Giant Squid. Great work and penguins ROCK as my son always says!

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      9 years ago

      penguins are my favourite anmial in the whole world

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      9 years ago

      your a fan cool i love macaroni penguin

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      Webcodes LM 

      10 years ago

      There is something about penguins that just makes you smile. 5* for giving me some smiles.

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      10 years ago

      I left my footprints here. Nice lens. 5 stars of course.

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      John Parr 

      10 years ago from Montreal

      I really love penguins. I have a penguin video for you. You deserved full rating!

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      10 years ago

      nice lens, lots of penguins information.

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      Sniff It Out 

      10 years ago

      Hi there just dropped in from lensmaster soup. What a great lens you have here, full of things I never knew about penguins, is a real shame that some species are close to extinction.

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      10 years ago

      Nice Lens. Great info. Penguins should be able to fly.

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      10 years ago

      Awesome lens i love Penguins!

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      10 years ago

      What a cool lens! I fell in love with these funny critters when I saw March of the Penguins. Thanks for putting this together!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      10 years ago from Royalton

      It's nice to have your penguins joining us at Do you know about Pigloo, a french singing penguin on Youtube? I have lensrolled this page to my Lemmings page as they both enjoy cold climates.

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      11 years ago

      Nice lens! Just wanted to let you know that your lens has been added to our "Lens Of The Month" list for Nov.

      Stop by and vote to help get it nominated.

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      11 years ago

      I would love it if you'd submit this lens to my new Snow Animals group!

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      11 years ago

      Great Lens! I just lensrolled it to my Squidvids lens on Peguins

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      flicker lm 

      11 years ago

      Very nice lens! Never knew there were so many different species of penguins!

      I've just started a lens on black bears. Come visit if you'd like: Black Bears.

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      11 years ago

      Hi Linette

      I just lensrolled you to my Penguin page :)

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      Gatsby LM 

      11 years ago

      5* All I knew about those little guys before this lens is some minro detail about the mating and breeding seasons. Solve Dog Behavior Problems

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      11 years ago

      My grandfather made a home video with some penguins in it while he was in the navy. 5* Dog Whisper Woman

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      11 years ago

      Awesome Penguin lens Linette!



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      11 years ago

      Great lens. I love penguins!

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      11 years ago

      Great lens! I've loved penguins even before they became a "fad", so I really enjoyed your lens. 5 stars.

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      11 years ago

      Love the lens. Really love to help animals./

      Congratulations on a well designed site.

      This was most informative and I learned a lot !

      Best wishes,

      Karen at Karens

      Kinkade Art Store

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      11 years ago

      Great lens on Penguins and i liked the lens a lot that I rated it 5 stars.

      Kindly visit my lens on blushing and rate it .

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      11 years ago

      Nice lens! I'm always glad to see more good quality lenses for animals.

      Welcome to our group!

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      Classic LM 

      11 years ago

      Hello, what a wonderful lens! Of course, I am already used to getting only excellent work from you. I rated it 5s! Thanks for submitting it to my group Nature and Environment! Keep the great lenses coming!


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