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African Penguins Fun Facts and a video taken at Stoney Point
- Author: Super User
- Friday, 16 October 2015
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The African Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), also known as the Black-footed Penguin is a species of penguin, confined to southern African waters. It is also widely known as the "Jackass" Penguin for its donkey-like bray, although several related species of South American penguins produce the same sound.
Watch a small video clip of the Africa Penguins at Stoney Point.
- African Penguins are also known as Jackass Penguins for its donkey-like bray.
- They eat mainly fish but they also eat squid and shellfish.
- Their average swimming speed is 7km per hour.
- African Penguins are about 60cm tall.
- Males tend to be a little bigger than the females.
- They weigh between 2.4 and 3.6kgs.
- African Penguins dive on average to 30m,
- Can dive as deep as 130m.
- They hold their breath on a dive for an average of 2.5 minutes.
- Their average lifespan is about 10 years.
- They Start breeding at 4 years old and lay 2 eggs.