World Penguin Day (again)

Today is World Penguin Day, a day that supposedly started in McMurdo Station in the Ross Sea where they always saw a group of Adelie Penguins migrate north on April 25th. Living with only 250 people in a remote corner of the world this sounded like a very good reason to have a party (any reason is good to have a party, isn’t it?). Later this spread to the rest of the world and now it’s a day to create awareness for penguins and their problems.

Adult and young Adelie Penguin

I’ve seen half of the 18 species of penguin in the world and I think these Adelies are my favourite species. Really nice black and white tuxedos and definitely an attitude. Often running around, apparently doing their best to make it to the picture. In these two pictures you can see the difference between the adult and young Adelie Penguins. The chick still has a little bit of down on its head, but is almost ready to head into the ocean and feed for itself. But until that moment one can always try to get some food from an adult…

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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