World Penguin Day 2017: 24 photos to celebrate the flightless sea bird

World Penguin Day is celebrated on 25 April every year, coinciding with the time of the birds annual northward migration. Penguins are one of roughly 40 species of flightless birds, who who live almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. Only one species of penguin, the Galapagos can be found north of the equator. World Penguin Day aims is to raise awareness of the plight of some penguins and highlighting the importance of protecting the Antarctic's marine environment.

Emperor penguins are seen in Dumont d'Urville, AntarcticaMartin Passingham/ Reuters
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A northern rockhopper penguin stands in its enclosure at Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo, GermanyMichael Dalder/Reuters
A Gentoo penguin (Pygoscelis Papua) in Orne Harbour in the western Antarctic peninsulaEitan Abramovich/AFP
African penguins walk inside their enclosure at the zoo in Tbilisi, GeorgiaDavid Mdzinarishvili/Reuters

Spending most of their life at sea, penguins are able to dive to a depth of 565 metres – deeper than any other bird. There are 18 species of penguins, 13 of which are endangered, with some on the brink of extinction. In this gallery, IBTimesUK presents a selection of penguin photos taken around the world:

A pair of Adelie penguins are pictured at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East AntarcticaPauline Askin/Reuters
A Gentoo penguin is pictured in Petermann Island, AntarcticaEitan Abramovich/AFP
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Penguins can be seen walking across ice at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, East AntarcticaPauline Askin/ Reuters
Emperor penguins are seen in Dumont d'Urville, AntarcticaMartin Passingham/ Reuters
Adelie penguins stand atop a block of melting ice on a rocky shoreline at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in East AntarcticaPauline Askin/Reuters
An Adelie penguin stands atop a block of melting ice near the French station at Dumont d'Urville in East AntarcticaPauline Askin/ Reuters
Adelie penguins are pictured at Cape Denison, Commonwealth Bay, in East AntarcticaPauline Askin/Reuters
Adelie penguins stand atop ice near the French station at Dumont d'Urville in East AntarcticaPauline Askin/ Reuters
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A Magellanic penguin is seen in Magdalena Island, in the Strait of Magellan near Chile's southern tip, where tens of thousands of penguins come every year to breedMartin Bernetti/AFP
A Magellanic penguin is seen in Magdalena Island, ChileMartin Bernetti/AFP
Magellanic penguins are seen in Magdalena Island, ChileMartin Bernetti/AFP
A Magellanic penguin is seen in Magdalena Island, in the Strait of Magellan near Chile's southern tip, where tens of thousands of penguins come every year to breedMartin Bernetti/AFP
A Magellanic penguin in Magdalena Island, ChileMartin Bernetti/AFP
Magellanic penguins walk in single file at El Pedral penguin colony, near Punta Ninfas in the Patagonian province of Chubut, ArgentinaJuan Mabromata/AFP
View of Gentoo penguins in Cuverville Island, in the western Antarctic peninsulaEitan Abramovich/AFP
An adult (L) and one year old juvenile Yellow eyed penguin, on Enderby Island in the subantarctic Auckland Islands groupRoss Land/Getty Images
An African penguin swims in his pool at the Servion Zoo near Lausanne, SwitzerlandDenis Balibouse/Reuters

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