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How Long Can Penguins Stay Underwater?

Dense Feathers Help Penguins Stay Underwater for Longer Time

Penguins can dive up to 500 m deep in the water, but how long can penguins stay underwater? The answer varies from different species and the weather conditions under which the penguins are making the dive. There are several other factors that come into play when you want to know about the diving duration of penguins. In this article, we are going to take a look at some factors that decide the diving duration of penguin and why penguins are such accomplish divers.

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Can Penguins Breathe Underwater?

Group of penguins in the water

Penguins and humans share similar ability when it comes to breathing underwater. Like humans, penguins also cannot breathe underwater. Penguins cannot breathe underwater because they do not have gills. When they are in the ocean in search of prey they have to hold their breath. The duration of which they can hold their breath depends on the species.

Penguins have to go airborne to breathe and dive in to continue the hunting. Some penguin’s food may be available in the minimum reach in the ocean but certain species which prey on krill, squid, and fish have to dive deeper into their food.

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