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Are there Penguins in Iceland?

Atlantic puffins on a clifftop

Penguins are one of the beautiful creatures on earth. And Iceland is one of the spectacular countries on earth. Imagining penguin in Iceland is quite a glad thing. But, we are unfortunate; there are no penguins in Iceland. There are many reasons why penguins not found in Iceland.

Penguins are endemic to Southern Hemisphere; they live in the Antarctic and sub-Antarctic islands. Amongst the 17 species of penguins, one penguin species called Galapagos penguins live in the north of the equator. Iceland is in North Atlantic and it is a Nordic island country since it is in the Northern Europe and North Atlantic.

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How do Penguins Adapt to their Environment

Blubber Helps Penguins to Adapt to Cold Environment

Seeing the cute and cuddly penguins in harsh weather locations like Antarctica often brings this question to mind, how do penguins adapt to their environment? While some penguins like the emperor penguins stay in Antarctica through the harsh winter, other penguins like Galapagos penguins live in a moderate climate where they have adapted to the location they live in. There are several ways in which penguins have adapted to live in varying levels of adverse conditions.

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Are there Penguins in South America?

Rockhopper penguins in the Falkland Islands

Yes, penguins are endemic in South America. Amongst the 17 species of living penguins, there are about seven species of penguins living in South America. As we all know penguins are the habitat of Southern Hemisphere, it is also clear that South America is mostly a part of the Southern hemisphere.

Penguins spread in sovereign states like Argentina, Chile, Peru and non-sovereign area like the Falkland Islands, other islands like Galapagos Islands and sometimes South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands are also considered to be a part with South America, which is also the places where penguins reside.

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Are there Penguins in Argentina?

Magellanic chicks

Almost all the 17 species of living penguins live in the Southern Hemisphere. Argentina is in the southern part of South America which is present in the Southern Hemisphere. So, there are penguins’ habitats in Argentina.

There are four species of penguins that live in Argentina; Magellanic, Gentoo, Macaroni and Southern rockhopper penguins are the four different species of penguins that live in and around Argentina.

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Why Are There No Penguins in the Northern Hemisphere?

Why are there no penguins in the Northern Hemisphere

The Southern Hemisphere is home for some birds know as the penguins. Primarily they reside in the Antarctic; penguins can be found migrating to the southern tip of South Africa, Australia, and South America.

Many penguin species have lived in the northern hemisphere during the past. Several research centers tried to introduce penguins into the Arctic environment during the 19th century. However, due to the reason of predating, Penguins could not defend the eggs in their nest, and the entire populace died out after a couple of years.

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How Might Penguins Be Able to Survive at the Equator

galapagos islands

The Galapagos penguin that lives in the north of the equator, this small species is confined to the Galapagos Islands, which are on both sides of the equator. It has few degrees of latitude.

The Galapagos penguins are closely related to the other temperature penguins that live on the coasts of Africa, and South America and are more distantly related to the Antarctic penguins. These Galapagos species can survive at the equator because of the unique biogeography of the Galapagos Islands.  In Antarctica, cold and productive water travels from the Antarctica Ocean via the Humboldt Current, which flows to this island group.

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