Penguins (WorldLife Library Series)by John Love
Everyone recognizes a penguin, with their tuxedo-like coloring and distinctive waddle. The seventeen species surviving in the world today have adapted in a remarkable number of ways to enable them to live in such diverse climates as Antarctica and the tropics. While some species number in the millions, others are threatened by overfishing, pollution, and even eco-tourism. John Love discusses these issues and describes the general characteristics and behavior that enable penguins to range the seas of the southern hemisphere and dive to depths of 1,600 feet or more in search of food.
Discover the world's animals in the WorldLife Library from Voyageur Press. This highly acclaimed series brings you the latest research from leading naturalists, along with stunning color photographs of your favorite animals.
Also recommended: Swans, Polar Bears, Loons, Sea Turtles, Seals & Sea Lions.
Love, a zoologist, looks at the discovery and history of penguins, their attributes, mating habits, and the conservation of them in a dense, scientific text paired with dramatic full- color photographs. This seemingly awkward flightless bird can be viewed engaging in acrobatic displays while incubating a snowball or pebble in the absence of an egg, or gracefully gliding underwater in ballet-like maneuvers. An in-depth discussion of head ornamentation, body adaptations, metabolic rate of processing oxygen, life cycle, and penguin society raises this above the average animal-fact annals. Most young penguin enthusiasts will have to rely heavily on the photos and captions, passing over some difficult, adult vocabulary and the academic presentation of material. Look to this account as a research tool, not a casual, kid-friendly glimpse at the ever-popular, playful penguin.
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