How Do Penguins Get Their Food?

By Lisa Lucke

What Penguins Eat

Like most creatures, other than human and other animal babies who get food that others give to them, penguins find their food. In this case, food is found in the ocean, which is the penguins' main habitat. Adult penguins dine on several animals from the ocean, but mainly fish, squid, and crustaceans, like krill or rock crabs.



Where Penguins Get Their Food

Young penguins depend on their parents for food. While the males spend much of their time on land, either protecting the eggs or tending babies, the females are busy eating food and storing it in a special place in their body. Then, when the baby penguin is hungry, the adult penguin regurgitates the already eaten food and the baby penguin takes it right from the parent's mouth!

How Penguins Find Their Food

Many people wonder how adult penguins find food in the ocean, especially at depths where there is very litle light--and where squid and other crustaceans like to hang out. Luckily, penguins have excellent eyesight and rely on their keen vision to spot prey.

About the Author

Lisa Lucke is a writer and the managing editor of two online trade magazines in the electronics manufacturing industry. Her writing has appeared in various publications and websites, including Life as a Human, Olive Oil Times, "Culture Magazine" and the "Amador Ledger Dispatch," where she currently writes a weekly column. Check out her blog, Surreal Housewife of Amador County: www.surrealhousewife.blogspot.com. Lucke holds a Bachelor of Arts in English, and a single-subject teaching credential in English. She is also a former high school English teacher.