African Penguin

African penguins can swim up to 20 km/h and can travel up to 110 km during each hunting trip, depending on where they forage.

When on the hunt for prey, African penguins can reach a top speed of close to 20 kilometers per hour.

The distance that African penguins have to travel to find food varies regionally, temporally, and spatially. On the west coast of Africa, a typical foraging trip could range from 30 to 70 kilometers for a single trip. On the south coast, foraging birds can cover an average of 110 kilometers per trip.

Image | © Imtiaz Ahmed, Some Rights Reserved (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Sources | (Crawford, et al., 2001, 2008; Frost, Siegried, & Cooper; 1976; Pearce, 2011)

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