lvndcity:

Follow My Lead by Terrini | Flickr
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Antarctica

lvndcity:

Follow My Lead by Terrini | Flickr
blog
Antarctica

awkwardsituationist:

aldelie penguins spend their (austral) winters in the seas surrounding the antarctic pack ice - about 4,000km from their southern spring breeding grounds - where they fatten on krill. the krill feed on phytoplankton beneath the icebergs, but warming waters due to climate change has reduced their numbers by up to 80 percent as the plankton, which are now unable to access cold water nutrients, are dying off.

adelies are the most southern living penguin, but head north as the summer ends to escape the protracted darkness of the winter. a warming climate, however, has meant a reduced northern icepack, and has seen the encroachment of other penguins onto their southern summer territory who previously found it too cold. the adelie population northeast of the ross sea, for example, has declined by 90 percent.

as one adelie expert put it, these penguins face possible extinction not merely by a loss of habitat, but by an unshakable fear of darkness; adelies need light, if only twilight, to forage and navigate, and as comfort against predators. but as they are pushed further south they may ultimately find themselves trapped behind a curtain of polar night for which they have no hardwired strategy.

photos by (click pic) justin hofman, maria stenzel, david doubilet, tim laman, sergey kokinsky, and ralph lee hopkins

neaq:

Penguins and Polar Bears 
In honor of International Polar Bear Day, we share with you a fun fact about these cold-weather critters: You’ll never find these animals together in the wild. Really.

neaq:

Penguins and Polar Bears 

In honor of International Polar Bear Day, we share with you a fun fact about these cold-weather critters: You’ll never find these animals together in the wild. Really.

neaq:

Visitor Pictures: Time to eat, penguins! The wet-suited folks in the water carry some tasty fish and a waterproof note-board. That’s how they keep track of how much every bird is eating every meal. 
Thanks for sharing, caroalonsog.

neaq:

Visitor Pictures: Time to eat, penguins! The wet-suited folks in the water carry some tasty fish and a waterproof note-board. That’s how they keep track of how much every bird is eating every meal. 

Thanks for sharing, caroalonsog.

neaq:

A Happy Monday Penguin Video

Start your week off right with video of some pretty adorable penguins swimming. Click here for the video.

You can see the little blue penguins at the New England Aquarium right now! The others are at our temporary off-site holding facility during construction, so consider this your African and rockhopper penguin fix.

neaq:

What a webcast: We had an awesome Google+ Hangout on Air today with researchers in Antarctica today! Take a look, in case you missed it. They showed us around a bit, talked about changes in the local penguin populations over the last years and gave a great inside look into climate change research.

neaq:

What a webcast: We had an awesome Google+ Hangout on Air today with researchers in Antarctica today! Take a look, in case you missed it. They showed us around a bit, talked about changes in the local penguin populations over the last years and gave a great inside look into climate change research.

neaq:

Penguins in Antarctica: The stark red-orange bills of these gentoo penguins really pop against the rocky backdrop on Torgersen Island. This is just on of the penguin species photographed in today’s dispatch from Antarctica. See more penguin pictures.

neaq:

Penguins in Antarctica: The stark red-orange bills of these gentoo penguins really pop against the rocky backdrop on Torgersen Island. This is just on of the penguin species photographed in today’s dispatch from Antarctica. See more penguin pictures.

African penguins at the New England Aquarium.
Do penguins have knees?

African penguins at the New England Aquarium.

Do penguins have knees?

Rockhopper penguin
New England Aquarium
Photo: Rachel L. Blumenthal @blumie

Rockhopper penguin

New England Aquarium

Photo: Rachel L. Blumenthal @blumie

neaq:

Amazing. We can’t wait to see your pictures in the fall. Thanks for tagging us, waltzforagirl!

This is what happens when you give me a day and an aquarium. I’m planning on going back in the fall with a much nicer (and borrowed) camera and getting even better things, but for now all I have the the photos.

 Teh pretties! 

If you have Aquarium pictures to share, be sure to tag us at #new england aquarium!

Update: Hi everyone! If you saw this from the radar, please follow us for more images from the New England Aquarium and wild habitats around the world. You can learn more about each of these species on the Aquarium’s blogs.

Specifically:

Top left: giant green sea anemones

Top right: Sea urchins

Center, bottom left: Sea stars

Bottom center: Sea jellies

Bottom right: Juvenile African penguin

taxdollars:

What are the penguins doing? (note: they weren’t doing anything…)

Sometimes the colony quiets down, but they definitely do all these things. There’s video of some of that here, here and here.

taxdollars:

What are the penguins doing? (note: they weren’t doing anything…)

Sometimes the colony quiets down, but they definitely do all these things. There’s video of some of that here, here and here.

neaq:

Jo Blasi and Paul Leonard, both New England Aquarium staffers, spent weeks volunteering their time to study and rehabilitate African penguins in South Africa. Hear them talk about their experience, see more pictures like this and learn a little bit about this endangered species at a free lecture tomorrow.
Register here.

neaq:

Jo Blasi and Paul Leonard, both New England Aquarium staffers, spent weeks volunteering their time to study and rehabilitate African penguins in South Africa. Hear them talk about their experience, see more pictures like this and learn a little bit about this endangered species at a free lecture tomorrow.

Register here.

neaq:

Wait for it: SANCCOB and the New England Aquarium are both working to save penguins from extinction. Rocky the rockhopper approves! 

Ever been interrupted by a nosey penguin?

(Source: penguins.neaq.org)

Six secrets of penguin love
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Six secrets of penguin love

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