Penguin Awareness Day

Ladies and gentlemen. Boys and girls. I would like to take a moment today to bring to your attention the light of the poor penguin. It is Penguin Awareness Day. A day to take a moment to remember the poor penguin. Everyday penguins lead a harsh life and every day folks all over the world do not give a second thought to penguins.

There over 18 different species from the tiny Blue Penguin to the Emperor Penguin, which stands at 3 feet tall. There is an estimated 100 million penguins in the world today. Why just an estimate? That is because the poor penguins live in some of the harshest places on earth. Although some of them are lucky enough to live near the equator or other temperate zones, it is not easy to count them. The worst is in the Antarctic. Not many want to go there to count penguins.

Penguins also have it rough as birds. They cannot fly. Can you imagine having wings and not being able to fly? Nope, they have to use their wings for swimming.  Penguins are pretty darn good at swimming, which is good as they hunt for fish, squid or shrimp like krill in the oceans to fill their stomach. There is a problem though, because they have to swim, in the ocean, for their dinners, they run into things like sharks, orcas and seals that wish to eat them. The poor penguins have to eat and because of this many penguins lose their lives.

Family life for life the penguin is much like ours. They find a love and stay with them forever or until one dies. They usually only lay one egg which both parents take turns incubating and feed the chick when it hatches. The duration on turns is a bit different. While one parent goes out to catch supper the other stays with the youngun. Doesn’t sound bad but it can be weeks before the missing parent returns, if that parent makes it back at all.

Penguins deserve a moment of your time. Please please take minute today to remember the penguin. Wear black and white, a tuxedo, or maybe eat some shrimp in honor of these flightless birds today.  Thank you for your time.

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