Over the past few days we have been seeing lots of penguins! There are four main types of penguins along the Western Antarctic Peninsula, where we have been sampling: Gentoo, Chinstrap, and Adelie.
Gentoo penguins (Pygiscekus papua) can easily be spotted by their slim orange-red beak. Another distinctive feature is a patch of white feathers behind the eye.
|Here are some Gentoos we saw on last years cruise. They are “porpoising “ – they leap out of the water as they swim, much like porpoises, which allows them to breathe while swimming. Photo by K. Wurtzell|
|An Adelie penguin on a small iceberg during last year's cruise. Photo by J. Warren.|
|Some Chinstrap Penguins swimming near the ship. I think they were just as curious of us as we were of them!|