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Monday, February 24, 2014

Antarctica - More Penguins, Cormorants, Seals, etc.

So far we had seen Gentoo, Chinstrap Penguins and the lone Emperor Penguin.

Finally, we were able to see Adelie  and Macaroni Penguins. Before coming to Antarctica, all Penguins looked alike. Not anymore! They have very distinctive qualities. Adelie Penguins are very distinctive with black and white plumage, white eye rings, pink feet and black and pink beaks.  They grow to about 24 inches in height.
 We also saw the darling Macaroni Penguins as seen in the movie Happy Feet.
Antarctic Cormorants
 Elephant Seals were hunted to near extinction at the end of the 19th Century, but their numbers have since recovered. As you can see, they molt together in groups.
                                                               Albatross pair
                                                                 Petrel in flight.


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