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World Penguin Day

World Penguin Day

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Thursday, April 26, 2018/Categories: natural history, wildlife conservation, photography, birds, marine life, sustainability, adventure

                                  Curious Penguin Joins an Antarctic Research Project (credit: Pinterest)

World Penquin Day was designated to recognizes one of the unique birds on the planet. All species of penguins including Emperor, Gentoo, Adelie, Galapagos, and 13 others are found solely in the Southern hemisphere. Colonies large and small inhabit Antarctica, South Africa, the Galapagos, the sub-Antarctic islands, and elsewhere.

This designated day offers a good opportunity, especially for teachers, to focus attention on these iconic birds, their marine habitats, and environmental threats facing them from overfishing, ocean pollution, and climate change. It is also a chance to show new discoveries remain to be made. Earlier this year, satellite imagery was used to make a discovery of an unknown penguin colony of more than 1.5 million birds inhabiting an island off the tip of the Antarctic Peninsula. This major population discovery is hopeful sign for the conservation and survival of these indigenous birds.

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

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