We can all agree - penguins are just the cutest. With their adorable waddle and tuxedo-colored feathers, these animals always bring a smile to our face. But there is a lot more to them than just their adorableness. Here are 5 fun facts about penguins you probably didn’t know:
So Many Species
There are a whopping 18 different species of penguins, and they all live around temperate and subantarctic islands in the Southern Hemisphere. Despite that fact, penguins can be found in several different places such as: Tierra del Fuego, South Georgia (the country), South Sandwich Islands, South Orkneys, South Shetland, Bouvet, Peter Islands, Falkland, Kerguelen, Southern Australia, New Zealand, Chatham Islands, Tasmania, New Zealand and even Chile. The only penguin that lives north of the equator is the Galapagos penguin, which lives in the Galapagos Islands.
SeaWorld Orlando is clearly not a subantarctic region, but the Orlando theme park is home to 6 out of the 18 species. They are all located in the Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin attraction and include the Chinstrap Penguins, the Rockhopper Penguins, the King Penguins, the Adelie, the Gentoo Penguins and the Magallenic.
Even though penguins live in the cold weather, they do like to keep warm. They survive in the freezing temperatures several different ways starting with their thick skin with blubber underneath to keep them insulated. They also huddle together to generate body heat. The dark color on their feathers help absorb the heat from the sun. Their feathers also tighten and overlap, keeping water out and warmth in.
Penguins enjoy an all-seafood diet, which includes fish, squid, krill and crustaceans. Their bills have a hook at the end, which helps them grab their food and their tongues have bristles that keep their food from escaping their mouth. Perhaps penguins’ most fascinating trait is that they can filter saltwater. Because they live nowhere near fresh water and must drink saltwater, the animals have a gland located above the eyes that filters out the salt and pushes it out of the grooves on their bill.
They Vary in Size
Penguins come in all shapes and sizes. The largest penguin is the Emperor Penguin, who stands at 3.7 feet and weighs up to 90 lbs. The smallest penguins, the Little Penguin, is just 14-18 inches tall and weighs only 2.2 lbs. Every penguins body is adapted for swimming.
You can find these adorable penguins here at SeaWorld Orlando with tickets from BestOfOrlando.com.