The symbolism surrounding penguins includes dreams, intuition, protection, adaptability, resourcefulness, renewal, evolution, community, faithfulness and unconventionality. Penguin tattoos may also represent "keeping your cool."
Penguins spend the majority of their time in the water, and water symbolizes dreams and intuition. Penguins practice monogamy and faithfulness to one another. Penguin families have an unconventional structure, but they are also protective over their mates and children. They live in communities with other penguins and are resourceful in ensuring all members have adequate food. They are able to adapt to change very well, and the renewal comes from the fact that penguins molt.