22 Interesting Facts About Penguins

Penguins are cute creatures, amazing and beautiful in their own way. No wonder they often become characters in various cartoons – many believe that a penguin is something fluffy, warm, and fat, like a domestic cat. This, of course, is not so, but several interesting facts are connected with these creatures.

  • Penguins are afraid of killer whales, and naturally – the latter hunt them with enthusiasm. When the penguins do not know if there is a natural enemy nearby, they crowd for a long time on the edge of the ice floe until the bravest member of the flock dares to dive. If he survives, the others follow.
  • The largest penguins in the world are emperors. For ten months out of twelve a year, they live in Antarctica.
  • Penguins really do not freeze in cold water thanks to a thick layer of fat and feathers that fit tightly to each other.
  • Polar species of penguins can withstand temperatures down to -60 degrees
  • Penguins’ legs also do not freeze, because the number of nerve endings in them is minimal.
  • Emperor penguins are monogamous, they mate for life.
  • Penguins are very sensitive to their eggs. Once a group of geologists stole an egg from them in order to eat it, but a flock of penguins began to chase them. No, no plot for a horror movie – the penguins just silently followed the people. The geologists decided to give them the egg, after which the chase stopped.
  • Penguins often move on slippery ice by lying on their stomachs and pushing off the surface with their wings and paws.
  • Penguins prefer to fish in the upper layers of the water, but if necessary, they can dive to a depth of 150-200 meters.
  • Penguins are the only birds in the world that can walk upright.
  • Not all penguins are harmless cuties. Stone penguins, for example, have a rather aggressive disposition. They can easily attack any object that they don’t like.
  • Once a year, penguins grow new feathers, getting rid of old ones.
  • Penguins do not need fresh water – they are able to drink salty seawater, as special glands in their body filter out salt.
  • Emperor penguins hunt on average once every two weeks, gorging themselves to capacity. During this break, they can lose up to half of their mass.
  • In penguin flocks, experienced old males teach the young to hunt.
  • The most common penguins in the world are golden-haired. There are about twenty million of them.
  • In emperor penguins, eggs are hatched not by females, but by males.
  • Expressing tender feelings, the male spectacled penguin gently strokes his female on the head with a wing.
  • Penguins only seem awkward. Yes, on land they are, but in water, they turn out to be surprisingly dexterous and agile creatures.
  • Chinstrap penguins build their nests using rocks and earth as building materials.
  • Least of all penguin species, magnificent penguins love water. They spend most of their lives on land.
  • All penguins have black backs. This allows you to better attract all the heat – black, as you know, promotes heating.
Alice White

Written by Alice White

Alice White, a devoted pet lover and writer, has turned her boundless affection for animals into a fulfilling career. Originally dreaming of wildlife, her limited scientific background led her to specialize in animal literature. Now she happily spends her days researching and writing about various creatures, living her dream.

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