World Penguin Day honors the Adélie (sounds like: “a daily”) penguin migration in the Antarctic. Adélie penguins breed further south than any other penguin or bird. Each year these non-airborne birds swim north for a few hundred miles and stay on icebergs for a while before returning home to Antarctica. They do this to survive because at this time of year it is too dark in Antarctica to hunt for food and Adélie penguins do not see well in the dark.
How to Celebrate
There are many “cool” ways to celebrate World Penguin Day. You can visit a zoo or aquarium that has penguins. Alternatively, you could visit penguins in the wild. Not only can they be found in Antarctica, but you can also find them in other not so cold areas of the world such as New Zealand, Southern Australia, The Galapagos Islands, South West Africa, as well as, Peru and Chile in South America.
Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut has a special Penguin Encounter in which you get the opportunity to listen to a penguin’s heartbeat and actually pet a penguin. My wife and I took our son (who is a penguin fanatic and self-proclaimed expert) there a few years back and it was an amazing experience. We even ate at Mystic Pizza (from the classic Julia Roberts film) for dinner.
There is a live penguin cam at the California Academy of Sciences for you to see penguins from the comfort of your own home. You will probably see more activity between the hours of 9:30 AM and 5:00 PM PST. Hockey fans can check out games played by Pennsylvania’s Pittsburgh Penguins or their farm team the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, whose mascot, Tux, is very entertaining. Tux is also the mascot of the computer operating system, Linux.
You can play Disney’s Club Penguin online or draw a penguin using the open source kids program, Tux Paint. You can also watch a number of movies featuring penguins like March of the Penguins, Happy Feet, Surf’s Up, or Mr. Popper’s Penguins. Finally, there are famous penguin characters from movies and animated shorts that you can also watch if you can find them. Some of my favorites are: Chilly Willy, Pingu, Wheezy from Toy Story, the Penguins of Madagascar, and Pablo from The Backyardigans.
To honor this day we are featuring two winter edition Pepsi cans.
The first is a can of Pepsi Cola from 1994. On it there are bow-tied penguins sliding down the white stripe of the Pepsi logo while snow is falling from the sky. One penguin has a Santa hat and the other has a top hat flying off of his head.
Looking at another side of this can shows a third penguin with a bowtie at the bottom of the slide smiling and sitting in the snow with a can of Pepsi at his side.
The second can is Diet Pepsi from 1990. On this can we have two bow-tied penguins in a snowfall and one penguin is holding the Pepsi logo under his flipper.
Happy World Penguin Day (4/25)!
Photos used by permission of BevReview.com