Penguin Awareness Day

Adelie Penguin
Adélie Penguin

Today seems to be Penguin Awareness Day. So, for all of you who are not aware that penguins exist: the bird in the picture above is a penguin. An Adélie Penguin to be exact. In contrast to common believe, the penguin family is not an Antarctic family, it’s more a Southern Hemisphere family. There are penguins breeding as far north as the Galápagos Islands (aptly named “Galápagos Penguins”), just south of the equator. In fact, only 2 species breed on the continent of Antarctica, the above mentioned Adélie Penguin and the hardy Emperor Penguin. In islands in front of the Antarctic coast there are a few more, like the Gentoo and Chinstrap Penguin and even more are found in subantarctic islands like South Georgia or south of New Zealand.

I had to dig deep into my archive to find a penguin picture, this picture was taken in January 2006. However, if everything works out, new pictures will be made this year! More on that in a later post.

For now: Happy Penguin Awareness Day!

Arjen Drost

Arjen is a Polar ecologist, nature photographer and full time expedition guide on expedition cruise ships in both Polar regions. With his pictures and stories he likes to show the beauty of these very fragile and threatened places.

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