Sunday, March 14, 2010

A Penguin of Another Color

Sometimes it's fun to just see something unusual in nature.

King PenguinImage via Wikipedia

This week, news came out about a recently photographed all-black penguin. He was spotted in Antarctica on South Georgia Island by National Geographic photographer Andrew Evans. This extremely rare mutation is called melanism, which essentially means the dark color of his fur.

The picture here shows the typical white bellies. Click here to see the all-black mutant King penguin.

While we're at it... How many different types of penguins can you name? My eight-year-old claims the penguin as his favorite animal, so I've learned a lot in the past few years - Emperor, King, Adelie, Humboldt, Rockhopper, and Macaroni all come to mind.

Click here to learn more about all penguins!

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