WORLD PENGUIN DAY : INTERESTING FACTS THAT MAKE THEM A SPECIAL SPECIES INDEED

Penguins have always been looked upon the cute flightless birds that have given a lot of laughs in “Madagascar” series. While they are native to the temperate zones only, just 1 species is found in the Galapagos island. Ranging from just 1 ft. to more than 4 ft. tall, these graceful creatures have been an important part of the ecology. On World Penguin Day here are a few unknown facts about these cute as button flightless birds :

1. Penguins are flightless birds, they have specially adapted flippers which help them swim.

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2. There is only 1 species of penguin that resides near the equator and lives in Galapagos Island.

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3. They can survive all their life on sea-water.

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4. They balance out their lives by spending half on land and half in the ocean.

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5. The largest species of Penguins is called the Emperor Penguins which can reach a little above 4 ft.

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6. The longest they can stay under water is 20 minutes but only the Emperor penguin can do this feat.

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7. The Gentoo Penguins are considered the fastest amongst the species as they can reach a swimming speed of 22 mph.

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8. They are smart enough to survive the mass extinction of the dinosaurs and are not afraid of humans at all.

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