When Giant Penguins Roamed Florida: 1948
August 27, 2019 7:55 AM Subscribe
Emperor penguins, the largest penguins living today, stand 48 inches tall. Mere fleas next to their ancient cousins the extinct penguin family Palaeeudyptinae which could grow 6.5 feet tall and weight 253lb. But even these are small compared to the giant penguin roaming clearwater in 1948. Giant footprints were spotted near waterfronts and rivers over a period of years. The giant penguins were sited repeatedly and a naturalists estimated based on the size and spacing of its tracks that the penguin was 15 feet tall and likely weighed 2000 pounds. The tracks stopped appearing in 1957 and "Florida Three Toes" as the penguin was named, did not emerge again until 1988.
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