Saturday, 27 August 2011

Facts about The Emperor Penguin

The Emperor Penguin is an inhabitant of the coldest region on Earth. Other birds only share spend time there on a part-time basis, but it is only the emperor penguin that actually uses the ice as a place to lay it’s egg..

Adult and chick Emperor Penguin. (Image Credit)
1) Their dense, waterproof plumage and a 2cm thick layer of fat provide good insulation against the sharp winds and biting, freezing cold.

2) Emperor penguins hunt beneath the surface ice. They can swim after prey for nearly 20 minutes, diving to depths of about 500 meters.

3) Males huddle together for body warmth (wouldn’t that be a sight if humans did the same!) in vast colonies These colonies can consist of up to 40,000 birds, as they incubate their eggs throughout the Antarctic winter.

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