How fast can penguins swim?

Adam F asks:

I’m a bit of a legend when it comes to swimming and I think that I could easily beat a penguin if I met one down at the local pool. So, just how fast are they?

Our experts answered

Penguins are great swimmers but mostly they don’t swim very fast. The majority of pengins swim at between four and seven miles per hour. However, the speedy Gentoo penguin (third largest of all penguins) can swim up to 22 miles per hour. Pretty quick! See the penguin comparison table to see how they match up. Gabe 0 Votes That all depends on what’s chasing it. Lee Batman expert 0 Votes Push one in and see what happens. Sally Soup expert 0 Votes