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How do Penguins Eat?

Adelie penguins chick waiting for food from the mother

Penguins are marine flightless birds that usually have the same diet of many other seabirds. Penguins’ diet includes small fish, squid, and crustaceans. It is not a hard task for the penguins to eat their prey. They have a hook-shaped bill which can catch hold of the prey without letting them slip down.

There is also spiky bristle that faces back towards the throat which can effortlessly help in clutching the dinner to swallow. Penguins eat their food when they are in the ocean underwater.

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What Do King Penguins Eat?

King Penguins Eat Fish As Their Primary Food

King penguins are majestic birds, but have you ever thought what do king penguins eat? As carnivores, king penguins primarily feed on small fish such as krill, squid, and lanternfish. Their dietary requirements are slightly different compared to other species of penguins.

The difference in the diet helps the penguins to survive by eating other kinds of fish in areas with growing penguin population. As the second largest penguin in size, only after emperor penguin, they need to eat a lot of fish to meet the energy demands of their body. King penguins measure around 70-100 cm and weigh anywhere from 11-16 kg.

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Why Don’t Polar Bears Eat Penguins?

Female polar bear and cub eating the carcass

Many of us have heard the joke related to the question, why don’t polar bears eat penguins? Apart from the joke, there are factual answers associated with the question.

Polar bears live in the Arctic at the North Pole whereas, penguins live in the Antarctic at the South Pole. They both are far away with pole distance from each other. The reason is why polar bears cannot prey on penguins. Polar bears are found to be the Arctic’s major marine predators.

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What Animals Eat Penguins

As every living being, penguins are also in the food chain, where they are eaten by some animals for their living. So, the adorable penguins are not exceptional. The predators of penguins vary from region to region.

When they are on land they have a different group which preys on them and when they are in the ocean they are food for marine animals. Mostly in the target of the predators the sick and infant penguins are mostly attracted.

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