Penguins are one of the most fascinating creatures in the animal kingdom and they are termed as marine birds. Penguins spend most of their time in the water and come to land to mate, molt and lay eggs. Through the years, penguins have captured the attention and fascination of human all over the world.
As penguins are mostly found in colder regions of the world, they have become a popular feature in aquariums and zoos. Many people wonder why penguins are such highly sought after attraction in zoos and there are many different reasons that make up the answer to this question.
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.
Penguins eat only seafood such as krill, squids, small fish, and crabs; they don’t prey on any plants in the marine. Hence, penguins are carnivores. Almost all the species of birds are carnivores. Penguins are efficient swimmers to reach the prey and their strong beak help in holding the food without slipping down.
No, Polar Bears do not eat penguins. Polar bears are found in the Arctic region of the Northern Hemisphere while Penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere ranging from the Galapagos Islands to the coast of Antarctica. Both have similar types of habitats, but you will never find them living together.
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.
Penguins are flightless marine birds which are sensitive with different traits along with the external aspects. They are sensitive to sounds and lights. Not only penguins are sensitive towards sound and light; they are also sensitive towards climatic changes and habitats.
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.
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.