7 Things Penguins Eat

(and 7 Things They Don’t)

Let’s be honest, if you’re an animal lover, the sea creatures that are even more popular than seals are penguins.

In their natural habitat, penguins can swim swiftly in the water to find food. In fact, some species can swim up to 15 miles per hour.

Octopuses are one of the penguins' favorite foods. These cephalopods can be found in tropical and temperate oceans.


These elongated-bodied crustaceans can be found abundantly on the ocean floor or on sea beds. Although they are bottom dwellers, this doesn’t stop penguins from diving deep into the ocean to catch them.


Crabs are hunted by penguins, especially crabs that are younger with softer exoskeletons. In fact, adult penguins can dive as deep as 330 feet to catch these crustaceans on the sea beds.