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A Day For Penguins

A Day For Penguins

Curious penguin joins a research project, Antarctica (credit: Pinterest)

 

 

World Penguin Day was designated to recognizes one of the most unique birds on the planet. All penguin species such as Emperor, Gentoo, Adelie, Galapagos, along with 13 others, are only found  in the Southern hemisphere. Colonies large and small inhabit Antarctica, South Africa, the Galapagos, the sub-Antarctic islands, Australia, and elsewhere. The day designated the birds offers a good opportunity, especially for teachers, to focus attention on these iconic birds, their habitats, and threats facing them from overfishing, pollution, and climate change. It is also a chance to present new discoveries that remain being made.

Earlier this year, satellite imagery was used to make a discovery of an unknown colony of more than 1.5 million birds populating an island off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. This major discovery is hopeful sign for penguin conservation and survival of these birds.

World Penguin Day is also an opportunity to be impressed by the evolutionary adaptations these birds have undergone to occupy their marine and ice-bound environments. Underwater their agile beauty is amazing. A wildlife photographer could hardly have expected how the acrobatic birds would react to his presence in their environment above and below water. He was stunned!

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