Characteristics Of The Galaapagos Penguins

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The Galapagos penguin is one of the banded penguins. The Galapagos islands are located in the eastern Pacific Ocean. It is the only penguin that lives north of the equator in the wild. Galapagos penguins survive from the cool temperatures of the Humboldt Current and cool waters brought by the Cromwell Current. The Galapagos penguins are close to the African penguins. Galapagos penguins are the smallest banded penguins, and they have no subspecies. Also, the Galapagos penguins are the third smallest kind in penguins. About 90% of the penguins live on the western islands of Fernandina and Isabela. In the northern tip of Island Isabella crosses the equator, occasionally these penguins visit the northern hemisphere. Galapagos penguins are the only…show more content…
In breeding season, penguins molt once every year, but some of the Galapagos Penguin molt but twice a year. They molt out of the water. They are capable of seeking for food in the sea than staying hungry because water is not cold. Usually, Galapagos penguins molt right before breeding, so they prepare food for breeding in case of starving. As a kind of carnivorous animal, Galapagos penguins, survives on a diet that is only comprised of marine animals, it is the same with all other penguin. The pre-molt begins two to four weeks before the molting period, during this time they will gain few grams. The molting process takes 13 to 15 days and they may lose up to 40% of their body mass when they finish…show more content…
Different from other larger species’ habits, the Galapagos penguins are the only species that can reach waters of the northern hemisphere of the earth, where the climate is warm and tropical. They live in areas with the temperatures between 59 to 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Galapagos penguins live in areas with huge rocky shores with cavity formations. They use such environment for shelter to block sunlight and protections for sandy beaches. Galapagos penguins are a sedentary species that stay near their colony. They will only go for venture for 3 miles away maximum. Compared to other penguin species, Galapagos Penguins live in relatively small communities. They are very united and well organized. They coordinate with each other and hunt in groups. Most of the time they only dive to a depth of 26 ft. deep in the ocean, but in some extreme cases some individuals will reach to 180 ft. Galapagos Penguins are the least noisy among all penguin species. The sounds they create are very similar to donkey brays. They communicate in high and low volume of sounds for different purpose, such as hunting coordination, organization, and finding a

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