Water Wings


When you think of birds, you might imagine a feathered friend soaring in the sky or sitting in a tree. But there’s one kind of birdAn animal that has wings and is covered with feathers. Birds have a backbone, are warm-blooded, produce young from eggs, and walk on their two legs. Most can fly., the penguin, that doesn’t fly or make a nest in trees, but is still really cool!


Penguins are very happy when in the water. They have special adaptations that help them be super swimmers. Their body is shaped to move easily through the water. They use their wings like oars and their webbed feetThe feet of some birds, such as ducks, some mammals, such as otters, or some reptiles, such as turtles, where the toes are connected near the tips by a thin membrane of skin. This helps these animals paddle or swim through water. like swim fins to zoom through the ocean—they can swim up to 15 miles per hour!


You have probably seen cold-weather penguins in movies and on TV, but did you know there penguins that like to live where it’s warm? There are—one kind are African penguins. Meet the two African penguin brothers that live at the San Diego Zoo in this month’s video!