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Guys, Look Over There, Antarctica


Photograph by Dafna Ben-nun

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Emperor penguin chicks in Antarctica. The Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the tallest and heaviest of all living penguin species. Emperor Penguins are the only penguin that breeds during the Antarctic winter, trekking up to 120km over ice to breeding colonies which may include thousands of Emperor Penguins. The female penguin lays a single egg, which is incubated by the male while the female returns to the sea to feed. Once the chick hatches, the parents then take turns foraging at sea and caring for their chick in the colony. by the time the egg hatches, the male will have gone 115 days without food since arriving at the colony.

 



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