Today is World Penguin Day! Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up. Not to be confused with another penguin-themed holiday (Penguin Awareness Day in January) — today marks their annual migration to the north. Now they don’t fly. These birds can only walk, and their long, arduous journey on foot is a testament to how incredible their species is. For us, there’s no better way to appreciate nature’s most extroverted characters than to round up their photos on 500px. Scroll down to get your dose of cute overload today!

1. Walk—no—waddle this way, folks!

King Patrol by Mark Roberts on

2. Out on a Photo Walk Waddle.

3. But these penguins would rather take selfies.

4. Practicing a new dance routine.

Gentoo Penguins by Andreas Butz on

5. Best seats in the house.

6. Would you shower around others? Socially Awesome Penguins would!

7. What a normal Friday night out looks like for penguins.

8. Ohnoes!
by David Schultz

9. Caught in a sandstorm! This lone penguin is all GTFO.

10. Rock concert

11. Mom and Dad are the coolest!

12. Peer pressure is a common problem among the penguin youth.

The plunge by Lisa Vaz on

13. On your marks…get set…GO!

14. Synchronized swimming champs

15. Excavating fossils.

Penguins and Whale Bones by David C. Schultz on

16. Surf’s up, brah!

17. The cutest surfing team. Ever.

18. Less splish, more splash!

19. A diving expedition calls for backup.

Swimming Penguin by Josh Anon on

20. These South African penguins have Boulder Beach all to themselves.

21. Natural-born beach bums

Happy Feet at Boulders Beach by Ravi S R on

22. Waddle, waddle, waddle

23. Lost?

24. Which way to Antarctica?

25. Just plain chilling
by David Schultz

26. Somewhere over the rainbow…

27. Roll call!

28. We believe we can fly, we believe we can touch the sky, we think about it every night and day…

29. No traffic jams on Penguin Highway.

30. Well. This is awkward.


But when a solitary penguin enjoys some “me time”, they transform from simply cute to incredibly majestic!

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