Penguin Leaping Secret Discovered!

We all know that penguins are good at waddling and swimming – but what many penguins are uniquely great at is their gravity defying leap from the water to ice.  Now the Penguin Post reports that scientists claim to have recently discovered the secret behind how cold weather penguins can seemingly fly into the air from the sea onto the ice. Obviously penguins aren’t built to use their wings to flap into flight like other birds, but that doesn’t stop them from being able to leap in the air to escape from danger. Experts have found out that they’re able to wrap their bodies in a cloak of air bubbles which  help them to fly fast out of the water.

Adelies Leaping!

Penguin feathers collect tiny bubbles when they’re swimming, creating a layer of air around the animal which means that they can swim fast enough to fly out of the sea, into the air and onto the ice! The bubbles help the birds leap out of the water. Scientists and engineers have used the same basic technique when designing torpedoes and boats, but didn’t realize that penguins were using the same idea all along! Smaller penguins like the Adelie can leap up to a huge 6-8 feet, but larger species like the Emperor can only propel themselves up to 3-4 feet. Scientists think that without the bubbles, the animals would have big problems approaching those leaping numbers because of their heavy, little bodies and big wings. Experts calculate that the penguins special leaping talent is crucial in keeping them safe from predators.

Emperor's underwater getting ready to leap.


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