|Gloria and her new best friend, Stinky.|
So far I haven't mentioned Penguin guano, aka Penguin poo. The smell is permeating and in fact, we hung our jackets outside our cabin door because exposure to our outdoor clothing permeated everything. But Penguins are awesome, that's all I can say. Despite the aroma, I loved every moment with these sweet and darling creatures and swooned whenever they approached me.
Note the fluff of this baby is giving way to a feathered coat. The feathers are water-proof and provide protection for this baby. With only a fluffy coat, they are vulnerable to rain and cold weather. When they are first born, they are protected by hiding under their mother or father, but as they grow larger, they become vulnerable to the weather.
Parents feed the babies by regurgitating the krill, squid and fish they eat themselves. The adult Penguin swallows the food and saves it for later, changing into a form the chicks can eat.