April 25th marks the start of the Adelie penguins’ migration northward into the surrounding Antarctic seas. They will swim only about a few hundred miles (or 600km), where they’ll stay aloft among the icebergs, chowing down on the krill and other penguin-y favorites.
600 kilometers? That’s not too far to “migrate.” True. They don’t really go anywhere. Since April is part of the Antarctic “winter”, it gets darker down there and the Adelies find it very hard to see in the darker days so they’ll travel north where it’s a bit brighter to hunt for food and come back in the “spring.”
Hope today is a educational yet fun Penguin Day for you! If you have time, learn some more about penguins or maybe do something penguin-like whether it be checking them out at the zoo/aquarium or finding an activity that incorporates them in a fun way.
Happy World Penguin Day!
Bonus! Here’s a short educational video about Adelie penguins in general.
Happy Penguin Awareness Day! The time of year to think a little extra of the spheniscadae persuasion.
- Wear penguin-y colors. Maybe black pants with a white shirt?
- If you can, go see some penguins. This may be at the zoo, aquarium, or a local colony for you lucky fellows in Australia and South Africa.
- Watch a movie or video that is about penguins or just has a penguin in it.
- Go to the library and find some penguin related material to read whether it be fiction or non-fiction.
- Search the Internet for penguin information. A good place to start is Wikipedia or even Penguins!
- Play some penguin themed or oriented games whether they be Internet-based, board-games, or imaginary.
- Walk around all day like a penguin.
- Draw and color some penguins. Here’s a fairly easy tutorial on drawing one.
- Do some penguin-y activities. Waddle around, go tobogganing, etc.
- Support a conservation group such as SANCCOB or the Penguin Foundation. If you’re into wine, you can help by buying some wine made by the Little Penguin as proceeds from their sales are donated to the Penguin Foundation.
Feel free to drop a comment and tell us what you did on Penguin Awareness Day. We would love to hear about it!
The webcam overlooking the gentoo population at the Edinburgh Zoo has become an internet hit this winter. People have been watching the penguins play in the snow and swim around in their pool. I’ve enjoyed watching penguins either in person at our local aquarium or by web cam to other sites. Be sure to check it out at the zoo’s web site. Also check out other penguin cams on our Web Cam page.
Juanita Constible has put up the videos of the adelies that she mentioned in a comment in the previous post. Most awesome! Since they’re just in WMV format (not YouTube or anything), I can’t embed into the post so you’ll just have to download for your viewing pleasure. They’re quite small though!
Video 1 – An Adelie penguin colony during a light snowfall. Listen carefully for the high-pitched peeping noises—those are chicks. About 25 seconds through the video, look for two penguins waving their heads around in the back of the colony. That is a mated pair saying hello to one another.
Video 2 – Two Adelie penguins walking toward the water so they can look for food to bring back to their chicks. As you will see, Adelies are a bit clumsy on land.
Thank you again, Juanita, for putting these videos up!
Film maker and writer Terry Jones discovers a colony of penguins, which are unlike any other penguins in the world.
A behind the scenes video of a 1 week old Gentoo penguin at the Shedd Aquarium.
The new Coca Cola commercial making its rounds this holiday season.