by Native Foods Cafe
Today is World Penguin Day! And penguins are cool, didn’y ya know?
Native Foods Cafe vegan restaurant uses this photo courtesy of Wikipedia.
- Penguins are ancient species that first appeared
around 40 million years ago.
- Prehistoric penguins were large and in charge. Some prehistoric species attained enormous
sizes, becoming as tall or as heavy as an adult human. A prehistoric skeleton of
a penguin was found and is bigger than any living penguin that exists, it is
believed they were up to 5ft tall (1.5 metres).
- They use their wings to swim, not fly. Penguins lost the ability to fly millions of
years ago, but their powerful flippers and streamlined bodies make them very
accomplished swimmers. They are the fastest swimming and deepest diving species
of any birds.
- Penguins are carnivores and their eyes work
better underwater than they do in the air, giving them superior eyesight to
spot prey while hunting, even in cloudy, dark or murky water. But they are extremely short-sighted on
- A group of penguins is called a colony or rookery.
- They wobble, and fall down. Two studies in Antartica have reported that penguins fall over
backwards when looking upwards at planes flying overhead.
- Penguins engage in prostitution! Research was published in 1998 concerning female Adélie penguins
in Antarctica selling sex in exchange for gifts of rocks. “In a paper entitled 'Female Adelie Penguins Acquire Nest
Material from Extrapair Males After Engaging in Extrapair Copulations'
in the journal Auk (vol. 115, number 2, pages 526-8), F.M. Hunter and L.S.
Davis report the first known case of prostitution among birds. Several female penguins were seen to mate with males who were
not their usual partners in exchange for gifts of rocks which they then used as
nesting material. Some birds even indulged in courtship behaviour, then took
the rocks without mating. One particularly flirty example was seen to take 62 rocks from
one male without ever delivering on her apparent sexual promises. Source: Wakkipedia.
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