Wednesday 6 May 2015

Fascinating facts about Penguins

In 2000 in Cape Town 19500 penguins were treated after the Treasure Oil Spill with a 90% survival rate and 19000 penguins were trucked some 800kms to Port Elizabeth and released back into the sea.
It took the penguins between 10-20 days to swim home just as the clean up crew had removed the oil spillage from the area.

Some more fascinating facts about penguins.

The yolk of a penguin egg is blue.

A baby penguin sheds it's down on the first 4 days of its life.

When a penguin twists it's head from side to side it's not being inquisitive, it's getting ready to give you a nasty bite.

Penguins have unique black spots on their chest, just like fingerprints.

When a penguin sneezes it is to expel crystalized salt it has extracted from drinking sea water.


  1. Hello

    We're a class of 6 and 7 year olds in Norfolk, UK, and found your blog while looking for blogs from all the different continents of the world. We like finding out about birds and animals and enjoyed your facts about penguins.

    Our topic for this term is airports and far-off travel. We're trying to get as many visits to our blog as possible from different parts of the world, and would love a visit from South Africa if you have the time. Our blog is at

    We hope you have a merry Christmas,

    From Robins Class @ Lingwood Primary School, Norfolk, UK

  2. Hello

    Thank you very much for the postcard. We looked up Table Mountain on the Internet and printed a big picture to stick on our blog wall in the classroom.

    From Robins Class @ Lingwood Primary School, Norfolk, UK ( )

  3. Fabulous facts - I'm a sucker for bits of information like this and they make great reading on #AnimalTales

    1. thank you, but i must add, jeez they dont half stink

  4. Penguins are fantastic, I would love to go and see them in the wild one day x