Penguin Gifts - Puffin Gifts
Penguins are superbly adapted to an aquatic life. Their vestigial wings have become flippers, useless for flight in the air. In the water, however, the penguin is astonishingly agile. Within the penguin's smooth plumage a layer of air is preserved, ensuring buoyancy. The air layer also helps insulate the birds in cold waters. Penguins are popular around the world, primarily for their unusually upright, waddling gait and (compared to other birds) lack of fear of humans. Their striking black-and-white plumage is often likened to a tuxedo suit.
Mistakenly, some artists and writers have penguins based at the North Pole. This is incorrect; there are almost no wild penguins in the northern hemisphere, except the small group on the northernmost of the Galápagos. The cartoon series Chilly Willy helped perpetuate this myth because the title penguin would interact with northern-hemisphere species such as polar bears and walruses.
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