Saturday, September 28, 2019

DYK: 10 facts based around Penguins

From: Eric K.
Sent: September 25, 2019
To: undisclosed recipients
Subject: Fw: DYK: 10 facts based around Penguins


1. Did you know that in 1948 a man wore 30 pound,3 toed lead shoes and stomped around a Florida beach during the night? That footprints lead people to believe that a 15 foot tall penguin was roaming the land. He kept up the prank for 10 years, visiting other beaches. The hoax wasn't revealed until 40 years later.
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2. Did you know that some female penguins engage in prostitution? Performing sex act in exchange for pebbles. However, sometimes they will just trick the male into thinking they’ll have sex, then run off once she gets the pebble. Learn more.

3. Did you know that Scientists announced the discovery of a new species of an ancient giant penguin, one that was nearly 6 feet tall and weighed about 220 pounds, roughly the same height and size as an average human male. Learn more.

4. Did you know that Penguins ingest a lot of seawater while hunting for fish, but a special gland behind their eyes—the supraorbital gland—filters out the saltwater from their blood stream. Penguins excrete it through their beaks, or by sneezing? Learn more.

5. Did you know that Penguin poop can be seen from space and it's pink? The Adélie penguins that live across the coast of Antarctica and nearby islands love to eat tiny pinkish crustaceans called krill. They eat so much krill that it turns their guano (that is, their poop) a vibrant pinkish-red color. The poop is so bright and so abundant, you can even see it from space. Learn more.

6. Did you know that Male penguins make milk. It's way higher in fat and protein than the human milk. It's called crop milk, and it’s surprisingly similar to mammals milk. It comes from the same hormone, (prolactin), as in mammals and has similar benefits. Learn more.

7. Did you know that when a male penguin falls in love with a female penguin, he searches the entire beach to find the perfect pebble to present to her? Humans give flowers and candy when wooing a lady. Penguins give rocks. Not just any rocks, though -- male gentoo penguins search through piles of pebbles to find the smoothest, most perfect ones.

8. Did you know that penguins have been known to push a fellow penguin into the water to check if the area is safe and free of predators? Basically, all of the penguins gather along the edge of an ice cliff. Eventually, the group will succeed in pushing one of the unfortunate penguins off of the cliff, while they all strain their necks over the ledge to see if the sacrificial penguin made it safely. Learn more.

9. Did you know that that dogs protect penguins from being eaten by foxes on Middle Island in Australia? When foxes discovered little penguins on a small Australian island, they nearly wiped the colony out. But a farmer came up with a novel way to protect the birds - and the story has been made into a hit film. Learn more.

10. Did you know that when penguins molt, they lose and regrow all of their feathers at once instead of little by little as most birds do, in a process known as catastrophic molting? Learn more.

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