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What would happen if there were no penguins in the South Pole

Why do penguins just live in the South Pole?

There used to be penguins on the North Pole, but they all slid down it and are too fat to climb back up.

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Technically, this is not one of those forbidden "joke answers" because in asking what you should tell her, you solicited my opinion and I correctly answered that. I believe that making your wife laugh should be every man's enduring goal and my hope is that this answer might be helpful to you in that respect. If not, you can tell her the one about the three penguins who walked into a leopard seal bar.

In the event that the Quora court does not accept this pre-emptive defense, I would argue, in the alternate,  that "too fat to climb back up" does, in fact, accurately describe at least a portion of the actual problem in regards to the re-distribution of penguins to climatically similar, but geographically distant locations.

What would happen if 2 tsar bombs detonated at the same time at the North and South Pole?

Pretty much the premise of the 1961 British Movie, The day the Earth Caught Fire. Which is nonsense, it would not change the earths orbit. (although the movie is worth watching)

Also, unlike what others it would not kill many penguins, Doubt if any are within 1000 KM of the south Pole. Maybe some fallout. Might also piss of the great Guin.

The Northern bomb would kill a lot more, not sure how many polar bears.

Does penguin excretion act as a catalyst for the process of global warming?

Good observation....actually ALL things are connected. Penguins breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide like all animals. This in the long term increases green house gases and raises global temperatures. Just like plants take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen which lowers green house gases and decreases global temps.

The problem is that normally this balance keeps atmospheric concentrations of green house gases fairly constant. BUT with the human population what it is, clearing land to reduce plant life, and our constant burning of fossil fuel for energy, green house gases are on the rise. It is becoming more and more certain that mankind is a major contributor to the recent increase in global warming.

This is of course an over simplification.

Now to directly answer your question....Does it have an effect? Yes. But even all the animals of the antarctic together would not be enough to measure.

BTW penguins = South Pole or the antarctic ocean....the Arctic is at the North Pole. Just thought I would point that out before someone tries to make a major issue of it.

What would happen if there were no penguins in the South Pole?

No Penguins would be less food for polar bears and whales, while at the same time, the animals the penguins feed on would become over populated. The ecosystem requires balance, like it or not, the universe has no obligation to make sense to you. Not saying you are but if your asking so what if the earth is warming, what harm can be done? Well you can see one species gone can mean death for others

How many penguins does a polar bear eat daily, on average?

none they live in totally different parts of the world. However, there is a funny farside cartoon that has a polar bear dressed up as a penguin and sitting with a group of them, and the penguins are saying, "hey were did robert go?" I love the farside.

Are North Pole and South Pole penguins the same species?

There are no penguins native to the Northern Hemisphere. The species you might be thinking of as "penguins" are probably puffins or auks. These birds, although they are black and white seabirds, are not closely related to penguins and, unlike penguins, can fly.

Therefore, if you do see a genuine penguin at the North Pole, some person probably put it there. So, it would have to be the same species as a Southern hemisphere penguin.

Are penguins able to survive at the North Pole?

In a way, a "penguin" had survived on the North Pole until quite recently. This was not an actual penguin, but a bird with an incredibly similar appearance and behaviour. I'm talking about the Great Auk.



It's a great example of convergent evolution: animals from different lineages develop the same traits if they occupy the same ecological niche in a different area. Great Auks were the penguins in the North Atlantic. It was a large, flightless sea bird with a black back and white belly. The Great Auk was an excellent swimmer that used its small wings to propell itself under water. On land, it was clumsy and walked awkwardly. In the breeding season, Great Auks nested in large, dense colonies. A single egg is laid on the bare ground. Pairs probably even mated for life. The incredible similarity between penguins and Great Auks is even reflected in the scientific name of the Great Auk:  Pinguinus impennis.

However, the Great Auk was not a penguin, but the largest member of the auk family, Alcidae, a family of sea birds which also includes puffins, guillemots and the Razorbill. It could avoid predation by breeding on remote rocky islands. Partially because of this, only a small number of islands were suitable as breeding ground. Other requirements were sloping shorelines and a rich fishing area close by.

I wrote in past tense, because the species went extinct in the first half of the 19th century. Great Auks were easy to kill because of their inability to fly and their clumsiness on land. They were hunted for their meat, fat and eggs, but especially for the down, which was used for pillows. In the early nineteenth century, their rarity sparked the interest of collectors and museums. The last known pair were killed on an island near Iceland in 1844, and the last known sighting was near Newfoundland in 1852.

It is difficult to say if penguins could survive in the Arctic, but a very similar, albeit unrelated animal has managed to survive until very recently, and probably still would have survived if it wasn't for some greedy collectors and pillow makers.

Why are polar bears found only in north pole and penguins in south pole only ?

It all has to do with their position globally when Pangaea broke apart. Animals were distributed all over the super continent, and as it broke up, they were resticted by their adaptations to a given area. Penguins need cool ocean currents to survive and find food. That is why they can be found on the west coast of south america as well, but they cant make the trip all the way to the north pole because the more tropical currents eventually take over and the conditions are not optimal. Polar bears have very thick coats and layers of blubber to keep them warm...they would certainly die if they tried to make their way south to the south pole. So, the reason they are found where they are is due to how the continents divided them and physiological reasons keep them apart today! I hope that helped!

If there is a North and South Pole, why is there no East or West pole?

There are actually several “poles”:

The poles of the spinning earth along its axis of rotation. These are 90 degrees N and 90 degrees S. These are the geographic poles. Strictly speaking, the axis-of-rotation poles wobble a bit and may be a few dozen meters off from the actual geographic poles at 90N/S, so this may be a fourth type of pole…
The Earth’s magnetic poles: North Magnetic Pole and the South Magnetic Pole. Compasses pointing “north” are actually pointing at the North Magnetic Pole, which is a few dozen kilometers from the geographic North Pole. If you were actually at the North Pole, a compass would point south.
The Poles of Cold, which are the coldest spots in their respective hemispheres (at least in terms of observed coldest temperatures). The town of Verkhoyansk in Russia is the coldest point in the Northern Hemisphere with a temperature of -67.8C or -90F. Vostok Station, operated by Russia in Antarctica, has recorded the coldest confirmed observation on Earth of -89.2C or -128.6F.

Image: Wikipedia. Not going to resist the urge to post an image of the mammoth tusks on display in Verkhoyansk’s city park…

As for East and West poles, you could argue that there are a couple of geographic elements that could be considered “east poles” and “west poles”:

Lat/lon of 0N,0E: GeoHack - Prime Meridian, off the coast of West Africa in the Gulf of Guinea. This is the East Pole.
Lat/lon of 0N, 180E: GeoHack - Prime Meridian in the Pacific Ocean. The nearest piece of land appears to be the Marshall Islands, a US territory. This is the West Pole.

(Or you could argue that 0,0 is the West Pole, as you can’t go any further West using standard cartographic units, and 0,180 is the East Pole…)

People often discuss various types of interesting items in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres that could be argued to be “poles” of one kind or another.

How come Eskimos don't eat Penguin eggs?

Penguins: South Pole.

Eskimos (refer to them as Inuits. Eskimo means 'raw meat eaters'): North Pole.

That's why Eskimos don't eat penguin eggs.