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Jumping on Their Tiny Wings, Precious Shots of Flying Penguins Eases the Heat!

Not just cute little waddling penguins! Penguins are adorable with their comical movements. They are known as flightless birds, but here is a precious moment of flight that will make you realize that they are birds!

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Look at my pose!

Gentoo penguins live on the Antarctic Peninsula and surrounding islands. They repeatedly make big jumps on the rocks for nesting.

Penguin wings, called “flippers,” are quite heavy and very stiff because of the density of their bones and muscles. In the water, the flippers act like the oars of a ship, but on land, they become weapons to defend themselves against foreign enemies. They are so powerful that they can snap the wings of large birds. The flippers are an important part of the penguin’s body that is essential to its survival.

So how do penguins leap over glaciers that are many times higher than their bodies? Kazuoki Ueda, a researcher at the Penguin Council of Japan who conducts penguin research and conservation activities, explains.

When penguins jump from the water to the iceberg, they measure the height visually, and the fastest penguins accelerate to a speed of about 35 km/h. Then, just before they jump, they accelerate to a speed of about 30 km/h. Just before jumping, the penguins dive to a depth of about 15 meters and use their buoyancy and flippers to jump out with great force. The flippers are so heavy that they can withstand the water pressure and exert maximum power.

Four species of penguins make such a daring jump around Antarctica: the large white-fronted penguin, Adélie penguin, gentoo penguin, and bearded penguin. It takes three to four years after birth for them to be able to jump, and the larger males can jump higher than the females. The reason they make such big jumps is not because they are competing with each other, but because their natural enemies, killer whales and seals, may be waiting for them near the water’s surface.

To get out of harm’s way as quickly as possible, the penguins are flying today.

They look so cool as they leap so boldly with their tiny bodies!

There are no enemies! Let’s go!

Adelie penguins are going to forage for food. The moment they jump into the sea after carefully checking for natural enemies.

This is as high as I can go.

Adelie penguins are about 70 cm long and can jump up to about five times their own height.

Almost there! Hang in there!

Gentoo penguins are the fastest swimmers among penguins, reaching a top speed of 35 km/h!

Rocket launch!

The height of the white-fronted penguin is about 130 cm. The world’s largest penguin’s jumping scene is very powerful!

You have to be able to ride the big wave!

The gentoo penguins’ physical ability allows them to move as if they were surfing.

We are the three musketeers of penguin ministry!

Like other birds, they move their flippers up and down to move forward. In the water, they swim as if they were flying.

They have a handsome and beautiful form as if they were flying in the sky.

Bearded penguins and gentoo penguins, pictured above, forage for food offshore and make a spectacular jump when returning to land

From the July 29 and August 5, 2022 issues of FRIDAY

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