Penguin Awareness Day – Penguin Facts…

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Yep that’s right folks, its’ International Penguin Awareness Day.
They may be flightless but here’s some pretty cool facts to get your beaks into <(“)

  • Out of the seventeen penguin species on Earth, thirteen species are classed as either threatened or endangered?! (Thanks to Folly Farm Adventure Park & Zoo for the heads up)
  • No penguins live at the North Pole!
  • Penguins can drink sea water!
  • Penguins mate for life! (Thanks to @StDavidsMary for this one)
  • Depending on the species, a wild penguin can live 15-20 years
  • King Penguins have four layers of feathers to keep them warm on the subantarctic islands where they breed
  • Why are they black and white? Camouflage while swimming….
  • Camouflage…The black plumage on their back is hard to see from above the water…
  • Camouflage… the white plumage on their front looks like the sun reflecting off the surface of the water when seen…
  • Penguins can spend up to 75 percent of their lives at sea. That’s a lot of swimming!
  • Penguins are the fastest swimming and deepest diving species of any birds!
  • Penguins swim as fast as 20 miles per hour (32 kph)
  • Penguins’ eyes work better underwater than they do in the air

Oh and if you haven’t already seen it, check out the serious sillyness of testing a Penguin Pools fun factor <(")