In honor of Penguin Awareness Day – a day which everyone celebrates, obviously– we’d like to assist you in becoming more aware of penguins.
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- Average penguin diving speeds range from 3.7 to 7.5 mph.
- According to recent research, penguins were once able to fly. They apparently lost their ability due to evolutionary advantages, such as having wings that enable them to swim effectively in order to hunt and travel.
- The cliché “stay-at-home mom” role is actually played by the father, who stands over the egg to keep it warm while the mother sets off to find food.
- There are 18 different species of penguin, all of which can be found in the Southern Hemisphere.
- The earliest known penguins lived about 66 million years ago – a time in which dinosaurs still roamed.
- Most penguins practice monogamy, sticking to one partner for years on end, even when separated thousands of miles apart.
- Penguins have no fear of human contact. Since they have no natural land predators, they hardly blink an eye when a human approaches.
- The Emperor penguin is the largest of all living penguins, standing up to 3.7 feet tall.
- Though the popular belief is that penguins live solely in cold climates, that is not true; there are also South American and African penguins. They even exist in Australia.
- Penguins have about 100 feathers per square inch, giving them more feathers than most other birds.