What Do You Know About Penguins?
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.
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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.
1. Adelie Penguin
2. African Penguin
3. Chinstrap Penguin
4. Emperor Penguin- The largest penguin species, measuring around 3 Â½ 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
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)
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EMPEROR PENGUINS CHRISTMAS CARDS per Set(s)
8" x 5 1/2" Emperor Penguins Christmas Greeting Cards. Inside verse: Wishing you a warm and cozy Holiday Season. (18 cards per unit) Includes envelopes.
More Great Facts About Penguins
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.
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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.
African 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.
Want To Know More About Penguins?
Here are some great resources.
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