Celebrate World Penguin Day 2016

April 22, 2016

It’s one of our favorite occasions: each year, penguin lovers from around the globe celebrate World Penguin Day on April 25th! It’s a fantastic opportunity to learn more about penguin facts, how to protect their fragile environments, and the unique characteristics of the various penguin species in Antarctica, the sub-Antarctic regions, and the Galapagos Islands.

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Whether you’ve interacted with penguins up close on an Antarctic cruise or simply admired them from afar, how will you celebrate World Penguin Day?

How did World Penguin Day originate?

This special day is not to be confused with Penguin Awareness Day, which took place this year on January 20th. World Penguin Day is similar, in that it’s designed to raise awareness of the challenges penguins face in their natural habitats, and how we can help protect them. According to the Ian Somerhalder Foundation, World Penguin Day began on Antarctica when McMurdo research stations scientists made an amazing discovery regarding a colony of Adélie penguins.

 A representative of the foundation wrote, “The scientists and researchers there noticed that every year on April 25, a colony of Adélies returned from spending months at sea. They returned to the same spot, on the same day, every year. This seemed too incredible a coincidence…and it wasn’t! This is the normal migrating pattern of these penguins.”

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After observing this behavior for several years, the scientists looked forward to the penguins return and began planning a celebration to mark the occasion!

Celebrating World Penguin Day:

How can you make this year’s occasion a special one?

 To learn more about how you might be able to interact with penguins and learn more about this incredible species on an Antarctic guided tour, contact an experienced Polar Travel Adviser to discuss.

Photos courtesy of Chris Keir.

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