Penguin mayana

  • Emperor Penguins are the tallest species, standing nearly 4 feet tall. The smallest is the Little Blue Penguin, which is only about 16 inches.
  • Fossils place the earliest penguin relative at some 60 million years ago, meaning an ancestor of the birds we see today survived the mass extinction of the dinosaurs.
  • Penguins ingest a lot of seawater while hunting for fish, but a special gland behind their eyes—the supra-orbital gland—filters out the saltwater from their blood stream. Penguins excrete it through their beaks, or by sneezing.
  • It varies by species, but many penguins will mate with the same member of the opposite sex season after season.


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