The Penguins make up a group of aquatic birds that do not fly. Usually, they belong to the southern hemisphere, and their home is Antarctica. Having adapted well to life in water, what had once been wings are now fins. Interestingly, these elegant, flightless birds live half the time in the water, and half on land.

Big group of King Penguins coming out of the water

There are several species of penguins. The largest, and most what some consider to be the most beautiful of all penguin species is the Emperor penguin. The emperor penguin reaches a measure in adulthood of 3.7 ft. (1.1 m) and weighs in at about 74 lbs. (35 kg).

Penguins are truly exceptional creatures and believe it or not, they are astonishingly agile. They can even reach diving depths of incredibly 1,870 ft. (565 m) with a speed recorded of up to 17 mph (27 km/h) recorded with larger penguin species. While they live in just a small area of our beautiful universe, these precious birds capture the hearts of many all over the world. If you’d like to someday see these birds in their natural habitat you might want to look at an Antarctica cruise and see why they capture the hearts of so many.