What appears to be just standing around without a purpose is a false premise. Actually, these King Penguins are discussing the weather. Upon exhausting that subject, they then contemplate taking a dive. Nothing like a cold swim on a cool day for these birds.
Although Penguins can’t fly they are prolific swimmers and divers. Their average foraging areas are seventeen miles from their home base. They can swim up to 6 miles per hour and have been known to dive anywhere from 200 feet to 1,000 feet. They can stay submerged for up to 9 minutes.
Not only do they swim, but they waddle walk and often ‘toboggan’, sliding along the snow on their bellies. While in the ocean, these birds ‘porpoise’ swim similar to the mammal the style is named after. This allows them to swim farther while breathing regularly.
Penquins are social creatures and live in large colonies. They are fascinating creatures, and handsome, too !
Headless in Kansas City ! Look closely.
Hi Jane, These penguin photos were taken at the Kansas City Zoo…one of the most popular exhibits. Zoos are a paradox to me. On the one hand they allow people to see God’s creatures alive and in real time. The paradox comes because I hate to see creatures captured and held in unnatural confines. Thanks for looking at my post.
These are beautiful captures, Michael. Such interesting and cool creatures. Where is this?
Cool captures and creatures! 🙂
Much appreciated. Penguins are so fun to watch, especially as they waddle to the ice edge and fall head first into the water!
P.S. I agree with your comment about changing ourselves before we try to change the world.
Very beautiful the penguins! 💓
Greetings, and thank you. Penguins are very interesting birds and fun to look at, too !