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I got interested in penguins from a young age and as I grew I realized that penguins are such fascinating birds. I made it a mission to create a website where all information about penguins could be accessed in an easy to read format.

What are Penguins?

Penguins Are Carnivores That Eat Fish and Krill

On the first look, it is easy to say if an animal is a bird, amphibian, or terrestrial. But people often get confused when they look at penguins. The first question to pop up in anyone’s mind after seeing penguins might very well be – what are penguins? Penguins look like birds, but they spend a lot of time in the water. They stand upright on two legs and also hop on their feet to get from one place to another. If we go by the biological definition, penguins are defined as marine birds.

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Can Penguins Survive In Warm Weather?

According to the survey, the author said in a statement that the iconic birds usually breed on the sea ice as it gives them unobstructed access to water where they can find their food.

In Antarctica the temperature gets extremely cold, penguins use all their resources to stay warm. They face temperatures that may go a negative of more than one hundred twenty degrees Fahrenheit. As if that wasn’t enough, they face winds up to one hundred twenty-five miles per hour. Penguins have to prevent themselves from freezing to death. They huddle together in tightly-packed groups to conserve heat and shelter themselves from the intense winds.

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Why do Penguins Migrate?

Adelie Penguins

Penguins all over the continent of Antarctica begin to migrate to various nesting groups in the southern hemisphere, in some way they find their very location of hatching in March. There they lay the eggs of the next generation. These penguins sometimes travel up to 100 miles to get there.

The migration patterns of penguins create a glorious spectacle. They follow the migration behavior of their ancestors. They travel every year to reach pre-programmed, inland spots for nesting which are about 100 miles away. They develop a migration ritual that allows them to move from place to place to meet survival needs.

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Can Penguins Walk Backward?

Gentoo penguins

Penguins can walk backward only in frightening situations and not normally. If they walk backward, they may fall due to the bulky body. Since penguins are heavy flightless birds; they can only waddle or sometimes waddle faster in case of a threat. They cannot walk backward with no trouble.

Penguins are proficient in swimming than walking. For walking backward, the feet have to lift, which may cause a fall back of penguins. Naturally, penguin’s leg and feet are short to balance its whole body, which led the penguin’s waddle.

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How do Penguins Swim?

African penguins

Penguins spend their maximum of life in the ocean. Even though they are flightless marine birds; they are efficient swimmers. Penguins swim with the help of their flippers which acts as also wings in the water. The waterproof feathers protect the penguins from the harsh cold and keep them out of wet.

The other main contribution to swimming is their body structure; the streamlined torpedo-shaped body aids them to swim precisely and smoothly.

The way penguins swim in water is almost similar to that they fly in the water. While waddling on land, penguins appear to be funny and clumsy; whereas, in water penguins swim fast spectacularly with a lot of grace.

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What Happens to Dead Penguins?

Dead Penguins Often Get Eaten by Predators

Penguins live in some of the most inhospitable weather conditions, and it is not uncommon for some of them to die due to harsh weather, predators, or starvation. If you have ever wondered what happens to dead penguins, then read on. In this article, we are going to discuss what happens when penguins die on ice or in water. Whether they are killed by predators or they die because of natural reasons, or because of adverse weather conditions – penguin bodies ultimately become a part of the natural cycle if they are consumed by other animals or they decompose into the earth.

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