When penguins are being chased by something big and hungry, their go-to escape maneuver is to make for the surface and launch themselves up and out of the water and on to land (or ice). In some cases that means flying two or three meters up into the air. This is an impressive trick, and the BBC got a lot of cool footage of it as part of The Blue Planet series.
You’ll notice that when the penguins launch themselves, they’re leaving a thick trail of bubbles. But this air isn’t coming from their beaks, it’s coming from their feathers. So when a penguin needs to turn on the extra speed, it squeezes air out of its coat of feathers, creating a blanket of air around its body, reducing water drag by a lot.
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