In 2017, Netflix launched Atypical, a family series telling the story of Sam, an 18-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who loves Penguins. As we enter Sam’s world, the storyline takes you on a journey of discovery about life with the autism spectrum and the penguins’ universe.
While watching the series, we can learn many interesting facts about penguins. We discover they are loyal creatures with paternal instincts, tricks, and elegance. It becomes impossible not to fall in love with these creatures.
We guess that if you are here reading this blog post, you are equally intrigued as to why some people love penguins so much. Hence, we’re giving you our top 5 reasons to love penguins.
Ocean’s most stylish creature
Black tie ready, there is no doubt that if Ocean creatures held a Met Gala red carpet fashion show, penguins would be the winners. The black and white coloration of penguins is called countershading. It works as a camouflage against predators.
Interesting fact: each penguin has a unique black and white color pattern
Best swimmer bird
Yeap, they are birds that can’t fly (not a unique trait, as ducks are the same). However, they are excellent swimmers and divers (yeah, we can’t say the same about ducks).
Penguins, at some stage, were flying birds, but they gave up flying so they could dive deep into the ocean waters. That means they had to evolve into heavier and thicker bodies. In other words, they’re no longer as light and have expansive wings to keep them in the air.
Cutest walk on the planet
Being a streamlined water swimmer comes with some downsides. For penguins, it means stubby and short legs, sitting very close to their bum. Therefore, when on land, they waddle.
Seeing a penguin walking always puts an amused smile on people’s faces, especially if they fall. It is freaking adorable!
An altruistic and hopeless romantic
In some penguin species, the male must select a flawless-looking stone to win a female’s heart. If she likes the object, the female will place the token in her nest (she said yes!), and the two will construct their pebble cocoon to lay their eggs.
During the mating season, monogamous penguins will have one partner. In some cases, they will mate for life and act as a team. They always help one another feed and defend their kids.
When the time comes to be a parent, the female penguin lays the egg and goes to the sea foraging for food. The father stays with the egg and incubates by barely moving or feeding itself. They do everything to protect and have enough food for their babies.
Interesting fact: penguins have a complex vocal communication system that enables them to identify each other by distinct sounds.
Both penguin parents leave their nest to search for food when the chick is big enough to keep its body temperature. When back from r hunting, the parents use these distinct sounds to identify their baby among other chicks.
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They are not scared of humans
Our top reason for loving them so much is that they are unafraid of humans. That means we can get closer and admire them up close. The funny part is that they might approach us with the intention of getting food or tickles. Yeah, supposedly they love tickles.
The shore line
Penguins are beautiful creatures. They are great swimmers, have the cutest walk, and are loyal and hopeless romantics. Much so that they are a source of inspiration for movies, series, and documentaries. When watching a show featuring penguins, it becomes impossible not to fall in love with them.
Here at Ocean jewelry, we certainly love them. What about you, why do you love penguins?