Up to 80 per cent of a penguins life is spent in the ocean where their stiff, paddle-like flippers, torpedo-shaped bodies and heavy bones are ideally adapted for speed and deep diving. While other birds take to the skies, these fly through the water, cleverly camouflaged from beneath and above with their white bellies and dark back.
There are 17 recognised species of penguin, found in many parts of the Southern Hemisphere - from icy Antarctica up to the Galapagos Islands on the Equator. The little blue penguin, found on and near Banks Peninsular, is considered by some biologists to be a different species.
Emperor Penguin - 40c, 90c and $1.50
The emperor is the largest of penguins, it is an impressive diver, capable of reaching depths of 550 metres, for up to 18 minutes.
Adelie Penguin - 80c, $1.30 and $2.00
With its dense plumage, short extremities and feathered bill it is well equipped for life in extreme cold.
|Date of Issue:||7 November 2001|
|Designer:||CommArts Design, Wellington, New Zealand Printer: Southern Colour Print, New Zealand|
|Stamp Size:||40.61mm x 35mm|
|Sheet Size:||50 stamps|
|Paper Type:||De La Rue 103gsm red phosphor coated|