10 things you might not have known about penguins

July 10, 2013

Our Ice Photo today is from the Quark Expeditions passenger slideshow on the December 9, 2012 Antarctic Explorer voyage. Who doesn't love penguins?!

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10 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About…

PENGUINS

  1. They can jump straight out of the water onto the land.
  2. Baby Adelie penguins grow the fastest of all penguins.
  3. Leopard seals are their biggest enemy.
  4. King Penguins can weigh up to 30 pounds.
  5. Penguins lie on their belly and toboggan through the ice and snow.
  6. Just like whales, penguins have a layer of blubber under their skin.
  7. Adelie penguins can move faster than humans can run.
  8. The name is derived from Welsh terms ‘pen’, meaning head and ‘gwyn’, meaning white.
  9. There may be as many as 100 million penguins in the world.
  10. Some prehistoric species grew to enormous sizes, becoming as tall or as heavy as an adult human

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