QUESTION: Can you eat penguins? What do they taste like?
ANSWER from Polly Penhale on January 12, 1995
Penguins are an excellent food source for many animals in Antarctica,
such as leopard seals and killer whales, but people shouldn't eat them!
Under the Antarctic Treaty, birds and mammals are protected. The
United States passed a law called the Antarctic Conservation Act,
which prohibits U.S. citizens from harming birds such as penguins. As
for taste, my guess is that they would taste oily and fishy, as their diet
consists of krill, which are shrimp-like animals in the ocean.
ANSWER from Michael Castellini on January 13, 1995
The only examples I know of where humans ate penguins were in
some of the early explorations of the Antarctic. Since there are also
penguins in Africa, South America, New Zealand and other warmer
places, it is possible that people who lived there ate these birds at some
point. I don't know anyone who has tasted penguin, but I would think
that it would taste like fish, not chicken! Since these birds eat fish,
squid and krill, their meat would probably have lots of marine oils and
taste to it!