Fascinating Penguin Facts
1. Penguins are found only in the Southern Hemisphere.
2. Prostitution has been observed in penguins and chimpanzees.
3. 36 million years ago, penguins were about 5 feet tall.
4. Penguins' eyes work better underwater than they do in the air, giving them superior eyesight to spot prey.
5. Penguins can drink salt water because they have a supraorbital gland, which lets them filtrate the salt from the water.
6. The emperor penguin is the largest of the penguin species and can weigh up to 90 pounds. The fairy penguin is the smallest and weighs only 2 pounds.
7. Some species of penguins have yellow feathers.
8. Penguins have been known to become depressed and march away from their groups to die.
9. Penguins have short legs and no knees.
10. There are no penguins in the North Pole.
11. Penguins have an organ near the eye that filters salt from the water out of their system.
12. Depending on the species, a wild penguin can live 15-20 years. During that time, they spend up to 75 percent of their lives at sea.
13. The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly.
14. Penguins can hold their breath for about 20 minutes under water.
15. When a male penguin falls in love with a female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect Pebble to present to her.
16. Penguins have a gland in their nose that turns saltwater into fresh water.
17. In 2003, a pair of male penguins in the Central Park Zoo, who had been a '˜couple' for years, raised a baby penguin together.
18. The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly.
19. Penguins have one mate throughout their entire life and sometimes they 'propose' by giving their mate a pebble.
20. Penguins are changing their personalities to prepare for climate change.
21. Penguins can convert salt water into fresh water.
22. There are 18 species of penguin in the world.
23. Penguins eyes work better underwater than they do in the air.
24. Penguins only have one mate their entire life and sometimes they propose by giving their mate a pebble.
25. Though they can't fly, penguins swim as if they are in flight
26. Penguins swallow their food as a whole.
27. Penguins only have one mate their entire life and 'propose' by giving their mate a pebble.
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