Today we are celebrating National Penguin Awareness Day! There are penguins on the endangered list and it is always a good thing to keep in mind that it is our responsibility to keep the earth a decent place for all wildlife. In honor of the day, I have some fun facts about penguins and some great penguin gift ideas!
Penguins are found primarily in the Southern Hemisphere. While most folks associate penguins with Antarctica, they are really much more widespread than that. Penguins can also be found in South America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand, as well as many small islands in the southern Pacific Ocean.
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Did you know? Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of years ago, but if the seagulls think that gives them an advantage, they need to think twice. The penguins powerful flippers and streamlined bodies make them very accomplished swimmers. They are the fastest swimming and deepest diving species of any birds.
Penguins eat a range of fish and other sea life that they catch underwater, and to wash it down, Penguins can actually drink sea water.
Did you know? Penguins are social animals, and they recognize each other as individuals. Even in large groups, penguins can distinguish one another by their unique calls.
The Emperor Penguin is the tallest of all penguin species, reaching as tall as 120 cm (47 in) in height.
King Penguins are the second largest of the penguins. They have four layers of feathers to help keep them warm on the cold subantarctic islands where they breed.
Fun Fact: The Penguin’s tuxedo-like outfit serves as great camouflage while swimming. The black on their backs is hard to see from above, while the white on their front looks like the sun reflecting off the surface of the water when seen from below.
Chinstrap Penguins get their name from the thin black band under their head. It sort of looks like they are wearing a black helmet. Cute, but watch out because the Chinstrap penguin can be the most aggressive of the species.
There are Crested penguins that have yellow crests, as well as red bills and eyes, Yellow eyed penguins- native to New Zealand, and Little Blue Penguins which are the smallest- averaging around 33 cm (13 in) in height.
Celebrate the day by visiting some of these awesome Penguin gift items.
If you would like to find out more about the conservation groups that work with penguins and other endangered animals, be sure to check out the groups below!
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