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There’s a lot more to these tuxedo-wearing warblers than meets the eye. Here are 8 things you didn’t know about penguins!
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8. Birds of a Feather Swim Together
While the smaller varieties feed at the surface of the sea, they rarely dive for more than a few minutes at a time. The emperor will dive for more than 20 minutes, reaching depths of 1,800 feet to feast off fish, krill, squid and other crustaceans. The Gentoo’s are the fastest of all, reaching speeds of about 22 miles per hour in the water, with the others managing a measly 7 miles per hour.
7. They’re Even Too Friendly for Predators
While sharks and orcas will surely feast on any meal they happen upon in warmer waters, penguins have no land predators in the Antarctic. Eggs and hatchlings must constantly be guarded however, as gull-like predators called skuas will snatch any unsuspecting treat midflight. Due to a safe existence on land, penguins have zero fear of people.
6. A Timeless Style
Just as the tuxedo is a timeless trend, so is the penguin’s classic ensemble of short black and white feathers. Their coloring serves as a brilliant attempt at self-defense and camouflage, as from above their sleek, black backs blend in with the dark sea, and from below their translucent white bellies hide their silhouette amid light shining from above. Their style isn’t just cool, it’s efficient, as it tricks both predators of land and sea. Evolution has maintained that it works for their survival with all 17 species.
5. A Faithful Companion
Penguins are an incredibly social species and will colonize and mate for life. A group of penguins in water is known as a ‘raft’, a pact on land is called a ‘waddle’, and other identifying terms include rookery, colony, and huddle. With the exception of two species only, the yellow-eyed and Fiordland penguins, these birds are colonial nesters. The largest colony of penguins on earth is found on Zavodovski Island in the South Sandwich Islands of Antarctica, where approximately two million chinstrap penguins breed. Gathering in groups of about 100 pairs among Gentoo's, and several hundred thousand in the king, macaroni, and chinstrap species, penguins will mate with the same partner for life. Penguins are as loyal to their breeding practices as they are to their companions. They never forget their initial nesting site and will often return to the place they were born. Emperor penguins incubate one egg each season, while other species produce two eggs, knowing full well only one will survive.
4. From Supersized to Bite-Size
One great ancestor was the Anthropornis, living around 33-45 million years ago during the late Eocene period. Fossils found on Seymour Island off the coast of Antarctica and New Zealand, indicate that the beady-eyed beast was a phenomenal 5.11 in height, with a weight of almost 200 pounds. Of the 17 different species of penguins around today.
3. The Gates of Hell
They don't have teeth but rather backward facing fleshy spines that line the inside of their mouths in teeming terrifying rows. Penguins are a carnivorous bunch that catches all their meals live in the sea. Dependent on the species, they can eat a multitude of different marine animals, from fish to squid, shrimp, krill, crabs and other small crustaceans. Because their diet is so specialized, feeding primarily on fish-like organisms, they are called piscivorous. During the warmer summer months, a medium-sized bird will eat about 1 kilogram of seafood each day, and in the winter only a third of that. Funny enough, penguins can drink salty seawater.
2. And They Called It Macaroni
Penguins get their name from an abundance of wild sources. The Adelie species are named after Adelie Land, or, the plot of territory discovered in 1840 by the French employer Dumont d’Urville. A group of English explorers happened upon the birds in the mid-18th century. At that time a young man who wore flashy feathers in his hat was called a “Macaroni” and so, as the species are known for their flashy tail feather which sweeps from side to side, they too became a “Macaroni.”
1. Love is blind
Penguin love does not see in terms of black or white, just as they don’t see gender. Since 1911 these curious creatures have been observed to engage in homosexual behavior. In 2004 the New York Times reported a male pair called Roy and Silo— two chinstrap penguins who lived in the Central Park Zoo— who successfully hatched and fostered a female chick from an abandoned nest. Since, zoos all over the world have reported the formation of same-sex pairs among penguins, with couples in Japan and Germany who built nests together and used a stone-egg substitute to sit on. Researchers at Rikkyp University in Tokyo discovered 20 homosexual pairs at 16 different aquariums and zoos circulating Japan.
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