WILD ABOUT WATER: EMPEROR PENGUINS!
Here are five splash-tastic reasons why these brilliant birds are our water heroes.
1. Emperor penguins can dive more than 1,850 feet under the ocean— that’s deeper than any other seabird!
2. These birds feast on fish and squid, and all that seafood means drinking salty seawater. That would make other animals (like you!) sick. But not emperor penguins. They have a special gland just above their eye socket that removes excess salt from their blood. Then they can sneeze the salt out of their beaks. Ew!
3. Emperor penguins have strong flippers that allow them to zoom through the water at about 4.5 miles an hour.
4. These penguins’ black-and-white coats aren’t just for decoration. They help camouflage the seabirds in the water, hiding them from predators. From above, their black backs blend in with the dark ocean water; from below, their white tummies match the bright, sunlit surface.
5. They’re waterproof! The feathers of emperor penguins are covered in a waterproof oil that keeps them warm and helps them glide through water.
Like emperor penguins, we’re wild about water! Not only is water home to incredible animals, but it’s good for you too. Drink up—glug, glug, glug!
Photo credits from top: Oscar Wong, Jeff Mauritzen, Martin Bailey (numbers 3 and 4), Ralph Lee Hopkins