Penguins can’t fly; and they don’t live in Whitby!


Penguins don’t live in Whitby. And they can’t fly. So I found out on recent trip to Whitby.

I went with a friend who who was photographing a wedding – finding myself babysitting the couple’s granddaughter and then suggesting a boat ride out of the bay.

It was on the way back when my friend said to me ‘I wonder what birds those are?’ pointing to a flock of them perched high up on the sea wall.

‘Penguins?’ I suggested to which he burst into laughter.

‘And how exactly did they get up there?’

‘Er, fly’ I said.

‘Penguins don’t fly’, he informed me, ‘and they definitely don’t live in Whitby.’

Who knew.

I’d never considered whether a penguin could fly before and Whitby is pretty far up North.

So I looked it up, and it’s true, penguins can’t fly in the air, but they do fly through water, using their wings to glide effortlessly and cover up to a thousand kilometers at a time with a speed of up to 80 kilometers an hour; now that’s simply amazing.

So the next time someone suggests that a penguin can’t fly, I’ll inform them politely that they can, just not in the way that most birds fly – that’s what makes them so special – their wings achieve the impossible.

Don’t be like every other business and conform to what is expected of you. Be extraordinary, unique and truly amazing.

Let’s get creative together and work out how you can use your wings, because the most obvious solutions aren’t always the best – Arctic Bee is a company like no other and if I say penguins can fly, so can you!