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The Habits of Penguins | Articles of Interest for Travelers to The Antarctic

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A Great colony of king penguins on Salisbury Plain in South Georgia

Penguins are a marvel. They can see well in and out of the water. Midst thousands of fellow-penguins, they are capable of recognizing their mates and offspring by sound. As seemingly ungainly as penguins are on land, they are very agile in the seas, their speed and quick diving maneuvers helping them to evade predators. Most penguins spend up to seventy-five percent of their time under water. Penguins have two ways of getting around on land. They can walk, or to pick up the pace, use their perfectly-designed bodies to slide on the ice, toboggan-style, their flippers helping them to gain speed and momentum. As visitors will see during their travel to Antarctica, some penguins hop, while larger species, those with a bit more leg, run with feet forward.

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