Friday, January 30, 2015

#Penguins of the Day

The emperor penguin is endemic to Antarctica. It is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species. Above: Mariners from the icebreaker "Ob" taking photos of penguins.

About 45–50 days after hatching, the chicks of the emperor penguin form a crèche, huddling together for warmth and protection. A crèche may comprise up to several thousand birds densely packed together and is essential for surviving the low Antarctic temperatures. Above: Chicks of a colony of penguins are pictured July 1 2007 on Possession Island in the Crozet archipelago.

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