world penguin day

Happy belated world penguin day! Yeah, yeah, yeah I’m a day late but my crippling migraine kept me off the internet last night. Penguins are amazing! But many people are very misinformed about penguins. They imagine a bunch of birds living in the Antarctic being eaten by seals and polar bears. Wrong!

Cartoon by Dave Farley
Cartoon by Dave Farley

Polar bears live in the Arctic! The North Pole, if you will, while all penguins live in the southern hemisphere. Out of the 17 species of penguins, 7 are found in Antarctica. The rest live in places ranging from the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador to Australia and even South Africa! This means that polar bears and penguins would never ever meet under normal circumstances. The penguin’s predators are going to be the leopard seal, the orca whale, or commonly and frustratingly referred to as the killer whale, and even sharks. Larger sharks and whales aren’t going out looking for penguins, but they make a tasty snake to good to pass up.

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic
Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

In celebration of penguin day Pew Charitable Trusts even released a penguin quiz so you can see what kind of penguin you would be! I got chinstrap penguin!

Photo by Shir Goldberg on
Photo by Shir Goldberg on

“With chiseled features, the chinstrap stands out among the rest. What you may lack in height, you make up for in personality, and you are not afraid to do what it takes to get the job done. While you’re no stranger to conflict, you are a fiercely loyal friend and companion. Once you pick a partner, you are committed through thick and thin.” 

Hmm… I’m pretty tall, which is a small thing, but then again how much can you anthropomorphize a penguin… I will say I’m a fan of the fact that they are found in the Sandwich Islands yum.

For something a little personal here’s a picture of me with a penguin! That is an African Black Footed Penguin back from when I worked at the Dallas Zoo. Penguin selfies all day er’ry day.


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