10 Unusual Facts About Penguins You May Not Know

Penguins (family Spheniscidae, order Sphenisciformes) are a group of flightless, aquatic birds residing in the Southern Hemisphere, specifically in Antarctica. Well-adapted for life in the water, these birds have countershaded white and black plumage, and their wings have evolved into flat, paddle-like flippers. They feed on squid, fish, krill and other forms of sealife. Penguins spend half of their lives in the oceans and half on land. This list contains 10 unusual facts about penguins you may not know.


The majority of species of penguin are monogamous, usually returning to the same mate during breeding seasons for many years in a row.


Back in 2009, snipers were deployed in Sydney, Australia, to protect penguins from predators.