Penguins look pretty cute and cuddly, yet they survive in some of the most inhospitable conditions known to man. How do they do it? It’s time we took a closer look and told you these 17 fun facts about the Penguin:
- The penguin’s distinctive colour is actually a form of camouflage.
- It works because their dark backs blend into the ocean, and their white tummies are hidden by the light coming down through the water.
- Penguins moult once a year, losing all their feathers in an intense 2-week period.
- Scientists call this process ‘The Catastrophic Moult.’
- A group of penguins in the water are known as a ‘raft.’
- And when they’re on land they’re known as a ‘waddle.’
- When they’re sheltering they’re known as a ‘huddle.’
- The Galapagos Penguin is the only variety found above the equator.
- A King Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo was knighted by the King of Norway in 2008.
- It currently holds the rank of Colonel-in-Chief of the King’s Royal Guard.
- Emperor Penguins are 4 ft tall which means they’re the tallest variety in the world.
- Little Blue Penguins are only 33 cm tall which makes them the shortest.
- Gentoo Penguins can swim at an incredible 22 mph.
- They’re one of the few species which mate for life.
- They like to mate using the same rookery they were born in.
- During storms they will balance their eggs on their feet and keep them warm with their tummies.
- They use distinct calls to talk to specific members of their group.
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