Penguins look pretty cute and cuddly, yet they survive in some of the most inhospitable conditions known to man. How do they do it? It’s time we took a closer look and told you these 17 fun facts about the Penguin:
The penguin’s distinctive colour is actually a form of camouflage.
It works because their dark backs blend into the ocean, and their white tummies are hidden by the light coming down through the water.
Penguins moult once a year, losing all their feathers in an intense 2-week period.
Scientists call this process ‘The Catastrophic Moult.’
A group of penguins in the water are known as a ‘raft.’
And when they’re on land they’re known as a ‘waddle.’
When they’re sheltering they’re known as a ‘huddle.’
The Galapagos Penguin is the only variety found above the equator.
A King Penguin at Edinburgh Zoo was knighted by the King of Norway in 2008.
It currently holds the rank of Colonel-in-Chief of the King’s Royal Guard.
Emperor Penguins are 4 ft tall which means they’re the tallest variety in the world.
Little Blue Penguins are only 33 cm tall which makes them the shortest.