World Penquin Day coincides with the annual northward migration of these birds. Penquins are one of the few natives of Antartica and, interestly enough, that is the one place where frogs aren't found. Penguins are considered flightless birds which means that they walk...or waddle... from one place to another. That must be exhausting!
These cuties live primarily in the southern hemisphere. In addtition to Antartica, these birds can be found in New Zealand, Australia, Chile, Argentina, and the Galapogos Islands. Those penguins are the only species that ventures north of the equator. And there are no penguins living at the North Pole. The Antartica penguin has no land predators.
Penguins eat all kinds of fish and whatever other sealife they can catch under water. Penguins can drink sea water (I did not know that!) and they divide their time equally between living on land and swimming in the ocean. The Emperor Penguin is the tallest and reaches an adult height of 47 inches (120 cm). They're pretty hefty, too, weighing in at an impressive 51pounds! This jolly giant of the Penguin species has an average life span of 20 years.
Why not honor the penguin today by learning more about these fasciniting creatures? There are loads of websites and, of course, books on the subject; something for every age and reading ability. And while you're at it, you can dress up in your best black and white outfit.
I think it's awesome that special days have been set aside during the year to bring attention to, and to honnor, various animals. Nature has given us so many unique and interesting citters to share our planet with. It's fun to study them, especially the ones who aren't readily accessible to most of us, like the always well-dressed prenguin.