Fun Facts About Penguins
Most of us love to look at penguins. They are interesting animals to be sure. But here are some fun facts about Penguins you may not be aware of.
Penguins are able to adapt to different climates. So not only can they withstand very harsh and cold climates but they also have the ability to adapt to warmer climates as well if need be.
Penguins live in large colonies called rookeries. They are very social creatures and interact well together.
The normal mode of communication amongst Penguins is through body language. They have movements and gestures.
Penguins spend most of their lives in the water. Yes they do stand around on ice flows, etc. However they need to swim in order to fish and provide food for themselves and their offspring.
The female Penguin lays the egg (obviously). But following this she goes off to hunt for food. During this time, the male keeps the egg warm and causes it to hatch. He then cares for the offspring until the female returns with food.
The bodies of Penguins are insulated with a thick layer of blubber to help keep them warm.
They can actually walk faster than humans. Bet you didn’t know that!
Penguins can hold their breath for around 20 minutes under water. Bet you didn’t know that either!
They leap out of the water while swimming to land on the ice and move to their Rookeries.
Baby penguins are born with soft feathers called down. But at this stage it does not provide much warm so they are completely dependent on their parents for food and warmth.
It should also be noted that Penguins are not afraid of humans. But they are threatened by things caused by man such as oil spills, water pollution, etc. So we must do all we can to try to protect these amazing creatures.