Late in 2012, at the bottom-most part of the world, a team of Belgian researchers trekked down a remote Antarctic crevasse and became the world’s first humans to lay eyes upon a hidden emperor penguin colony. Using recent satellite imagery provided by the British Antarctic Survey, the researchers suspected the birds’ existence and were elated to find a thriving colony of 9,000 birds inhabiting the Princess Ragnhild coastline of Antarctica. Meanwhile—also this year—the National Science Foundation reported that by the year 2100, emperor penguins may risk ext
More than 300 penguins at SeaWorld San Diego's Penguin Encounter joined the New Year's Eve festivities, celebrating it the best way possible -- being cared for by their keepers, having lots and lots of fish to feast on and getting into the water for a refreshing yet chilly swim! Why not when you're already "dressed" for the occasion? Decked in their black and white feathers, even the penguin chicks joined the adults to ring in 2013!
Like the famed white bear which roams the Arctic ice, the resolutely Antarctic penguin is deemed a “polar” animal. The word polar, when you think about it, is a suggestive word: it suggests great and opposite extremes. True to the word, the penguin is a warm-blooded creature that lives in the coldest of climates. The bird is black and, at once, white. Within this language of opposites, would it be fair to say the penguin is also night and day?
After almost 14 years at SeaWorld San Diego, I just learned something new: penguins don’t know how to swim instinctively. In the wild, chicks are left alone to learn, which means waiting for the first one to take a plunge or fall in. But here at SeaWorld the keepers actually give annual swim lessons to the chicks born during the November and December hatching season. In February, about a dozen Adelie, gentoo and macaroni juveniles were secluded inside the Penguin Encounter while their adult plumage grew in.
When SeaWorld’s penguins fly … they fly on Southwest Airlines. Check out Pete and Penny Penguin strutting down the aisle on their recent flight from San Diego to Denver!!!
Macaroni, gentoo and Adelie penguins were in for a treat yesterday as SeaWorld San Diego bird keepers distributed 14 tons of river rocks throughout the Penguin Encounter.
Roseate spoonbills are known for their unique and distinctive appearance, and we're lucky to still see them today. In the 1800s, they were almost hunted to extinction for their fancy feathers. Let's swoop in and get the "scoop" on these beautiful birds: