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» Learn More: Penguins!

» Learn More: Drake!

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Emperor Penguins. (Ben Holt, Sr.)


Think you can swim faster than a penguin?  Guess again, some of these flightless birds can swim at speeds or 25 miles per hour!  There are 17 species of penguin in the Antarctic, with such descriptive names as “rockhopper”, “emperor”, and “chinstrap”.  Use the link below to see images of these distinctive birds and to learn more about them.  Some of them, like the “Adelie”, also make sounds that you can hear!

Penguins are amazing animals, with bodies that enable them to swim and stay warm in very EXTREME conditions!  Learn more about these “adaptations” with these fun activities:


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