Adelie penguin Polar bear stare

A rabble of emperor penguin chicks

Emperor penguins breed during the cold, dark Antarctic winter, enduring temperatures around -50°C and winds of up to 100 kilometres per hour. They’ve adapted to this tough life with a thick layer of blubber and dense plumage to stop heat escaping.

The emperor penguin is the world’s largest penguin, standing around 115 centimetres tall and weighing about 40 kilograms. Because most colonies breed on sea ice around Antarctica, emperor penguins may be the only species of bird never to set foot on land in their lifetime.

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