Fascinating Penguin Facts


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1. Penguins are found only in the Southern Hemisphere.
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2. Prostitution has been observed in penguins and chimpanzees.
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3. 36 million years ago, penguins were about 5 feet tall.
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4. Penguins' eyes work better underwater than they do in the air, giving them superior eyesight to spot prey.
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5. Penguins can drink salt water because they have a supraorbital gland, which lets them filtrate the salt from the water.
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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.
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7. Some species of penguins have yellow feathers.
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8. Penguins have been known to become depressed and march away from their groups to die.
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9. Penguins have short legs and no knees.
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10. There are no penguins in the North Pole.
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11. Penguins have an organ near the eye that filters salt from the water out of their system.
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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.
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13. The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but cannot fly.
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14. Penguins can hold their breath for about 20 minutes under water.
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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.
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16. Penguins have a gland in their nose that turns saltwater into fresh water.
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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.
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18. The penguin is the only bird that can swim, but not fly.
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19. Penguins have one mate throughout their entire life and sometimes they 'propose' by giving their mate a pebble.
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20. Penguins are changing their personalities to prepare for climate change.
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21. Penguins can convert salt water into fresh water.
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22. There are 18 species of penguin in the world.
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23. Penguins eyes work better underwater than they do in the air.
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24. Penguins only have one mate their entire life and sometimes they propose by giving their mate a pebble.
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25. Though they can't fly, penguins swim as if they are in flight
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26. Penguins swallow their food as a whole.
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27. Penguins only have one mate their entire life and 'propose' by giving their mate a pebble.

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