The second largest penguin, the king penguin spends most of its time at sea, coming ashore only during the breeding season. Like other penguins, the king penguin cannot fly in the air. However, its streamlined body and paddle-like wings enable it to swim underwater faster than many birds can fly.
- Penguins can drink saltwater thanks to glands on their bills that filter out the salt.
- Mates can find each other and their chick among a colony of thousands by their individual calls.
- King penguins have to watch out for predators such as leopard seals and killer whales.
- On land, tobogganing on their bellies is a quicker way to get around than walking.