Today’s strange search term was:
penguins living in Alaska
Ok folks! Penguins don’t live in Alaska. They live in Antarctica. Now, please don’t confuse penguins with puffins! I’ve witnessed many a tourist in Alaska call a puffin a penguin to their children or tell their children that there are penguins in Alaska. (I don’t remember there even being penguins in the Alaska Zoo) Heck, I have friends who make that mistake often. Their ignorance irritates me to no end!
live in Antarctica, do not fly, are colored as though they are wearing a tuxedo, starred in March of the Penguins and Happy Feet
quoted from Wikipedia: “are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. Highly adapted for life in the water, penguins havecountershaded dark and white plumage, and their wings have become flippers. Most penguins feed onkrill, fish, squid, and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. They spend about half of their life on land and half in the oceans.
Although all penguin species are native to the southern hemisphere, they are not found only in cold climates, such as Antarctica. In fact, only a few species of penguin live so far south. Several species are found in the temperate zone, and one species, the Galápagos Penguin, lives near the equator.”
have a wider range, make nests on cliffs, have colorful beaks
quoted from Wikipedia: “are any of four auk species (or alcids) in the bird genus Fratercula (Latin: little brother — probably a reference to their black and white plumage, which resembles monastic robes) with a brightly colored beak in the breeding season. These are pelagic seabirds that feed primarily by diving in the water. They breed in large colonies on coastal cliffs or offshore islands, nesting in crevices among rocks or in burrows in the soil. The Tufted Puffin was formerly placed in the genus Lunda.
All four puffin species have large bills. They shed the colourful outer parts of their bills after the breeding season, leaving a smaller and duller beak. Their short wings are adapted for swimming with a flying technique under water. In the air, they beat their wings rapidly (up to 400 times per minute) in swift flight, often flying low over the ocean’s surface.”
Now let’s please not get these two very different speices of bird confused any more! Thanks!