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How much do penguins eat?

8:06 AM, Oct 14, 2013   |    comments
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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- It's starting to get chilly outside and the one question kids want to know is about an animal that really loves the cold weather.

Mary said, "I want to know how many meals do penguins eat in one day."

Some penguins live at the Greensboro Science Center, so we asked their keeper Carmen Murray about their eating habits.

Murray said, "Here at the Greensboro Science Center, we offer our penguins two meals a day, sometimes they show up to both meals and eat, sometimes they only show up to one, and sometimes they don't show up to any."

She said in the wild, penguins mostly eat anchovies. But in the Sciquarium, they at capelin, herring, and smelt.

Murray said, "On average, these guys eat somewhere between one to two pounds of fish a day. Now when they are going through the molt process, they need to gain a lot of weight because they're going to be out of the water for a long period of time. So they kind of put on a lot of weight and they can eat up to three to four pounds of fish a day." Murray said eating that much food is impressive because penguins only weigh seven to eight pounds.


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