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How Fast Can Penguins Swim?

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Penguins are flightless birds that have become extremely well adapted to living in a marine environment. They use their short, stumpy wings to glide through the water and can swim extremely fast.

The normal swimming speed for an adult penguin can be as high as ten kilometres per hour. This varies slightly according to the species but, if circumstances demand it, penguins can increase their speed even more using a technique known as 'porpoising'.

They swim underwater and then leap from the surface, still travelling at speed. During their time in the air they breathe in fresh air to get oxygen into their lungs. When they go back under the water, they have not lost very much of their momentum but they have recharged their system with fresh supplies of oxygen. This enables them to use their muscles more effectively for the next burst of underwater speed before launching into the air for another breath.
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How are penguins adapted so they can swim fast? Have you ever wondered why penguins swim so fast? Penguins are flightless birds that have become extremely well adapted to living in a marine enviroment. They use their short, stumpy wings to glide through the water and can swim really fast. The normal swimming speed for an adult penguin cis about ten kilometres per hour but their speed increses when they gain stamana. Penguins use mostly their feet for powerful swimming. Their bodies are to reduce/drag in water. Their wings are shaped like flippers which can help them fly.
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They can swim up to 52 miles per hour
ashley kelleher Profile
ashley kelleher answered
About 5 mph,In short bursts,
  in order to avoid being caught by leopard seals or in pursuing prey, they can
  move 5-6 times that fast.
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15-25 miles per hour!
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vamshi krishna answered
Some penguins like the Ade-lie penguins can go up to only 40 or even 100 miles per hour, while a few others are a bit faster.

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