Penguins can’t swim!

Now, you are looking at this and shaking your head. Penguins can swim! But mine are different, they could probably swim but I cannot make them swim. So: Penguins can’t swim! 

My friend Nerd in the Brain is hosting the Go Play! Challenge which I hope you have joined by now. And every two weeks she hosts a Go Play! Go Learn Challenge! This time it’s called Splish Splash meaning we have to play with water!

I went down the science route for this one, and took my little Penguins out of their box. I wanted them to swim like penguins do. Ok these Penguins are paperclips, so what do paperclips do in water? Exactly! They sink. But I had once come across the floating paperclip experiment. And thought why not try it with my little fellows?

Penguins can't swim!
Meet the Penguins!

So I tried filling a bowl and then a glass up so that there would be a nice dome of water, just like I remembered form the video. And then I tried to let them swim, and they just sunk to the bottom of the sea.

Penguins can't swim!
a nice dome of water

I will have to try this experiment again one day. Maybe it will work then.

At least my Penguins were able to enjoy a little dive.

Penguins can't swim!
Non cooperating Penguins, preferring diving over swimming

Pictures hosted on flickr
© Solveig Werner 2015. All rights reserved.

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P is for Penguin – A to Z Challenge April 2015

“Thank you”, I heard a fragile voice say.

I looked around, I could see no one who could have spoken to me, after all I just got home, but no one else was there yet.

“I am here”, I heard the voice again, I looked down into my arms, the penguin that I was carrying looked into my eyes nodding, I noticed a smile. Wait what??

Earlier that day I had crossed a street and seen a very battered looking penguin sitting on a sidewalk. Penguins are definitely not that common in Paris, but that did not stop me to take it with me.

“Thank you for saving me”, was I hallucinating? This definitely made it easier to know what I should give to the penguin.

After a glass of water and some sardines, that I had found under the kitchen sink, the penguin started telling me its story.

One day whilst swimming in the ocean it completely lost its orientation and could not find its way back to the others. After days of desperately swimming with the feeling of death being near, it ended up being tangled in a fishing net. This meant food, as well as danger.

After weeks of hiding from fishermen it suddenly woke one day with a different sound, where was the engine? Where was the ocean? The feeling was different too, my penguin friend was in for a bumpy ride, but did not know it yet.


Written by Solveig Werner