My favorite penguins are the little daredevils – ‘Rockhoppers’. Thirty years ago, I saw a documentary about them (which I can no longer find), and they were being hurled about by gale force winds against a rocky shore. To my amazement, they swam back out and did it all over again for ‘fun’ – Amazing little creatures!!
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Penguins are not found in the Arctic and Polar Bears are only found in the Arctic so despite what you saw in the cartoons as a kid they’ve never shared the same habitat. That the males bring pebbles to the female, and the one she thinks has the male she thinks has the best pebble wins her heart and they then mate for life. Penguin fluff you you fluffin’ fluff. That rock collecting penguin fact is complete bullshit, both male and females collect stones, and they are not picky about how they look. It doesn’t have to be “perfect”. A lot of breading success is determined by nest location. And the notion they mate for life is a romantic fairytale. Having seen literally millions of penguins in the wild I can confirm that they are nature’s comics and never fail to put on a good show! Enjoyed my visit last Friday, especially watching the feeding.
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I noticed the guy to the left of the feeding person cutting the line and thinking her finger was a tasty fish. No need to chew! King penguin chicks can swallow their food whole. In fact, all penguin species swallow their fish whole because they do not have teeth. Instead of teeth, penguins have a special adaptation inside their beak called denticles—barb-like structures on the roof of the mouth that point inward to help grasp and guide the fish down the throat. Penguin chicks are fed a slurry of regurgitated fish by their parents, but typically a hand-raised king penguin chick will begin eating small whole fish, such as capelin and smelt, around 3 weeks of age. Eventually, they will swallow large whole fish, such as herring and mackerel.