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Ultra-rare penguin caught on film in Antarctica

By T.K. Randall
February 19, 2019 · Comment icon 5 comments

The penguin's feathers are almost all black. Image Credit: YouTube / BBC America
This emperor penguin recorded for a BBC documentary is almost entirely black due to a rare genetic mutation.
Known as melanism, the condition is usually fatal for penguins as it makes them an easier target for predators. This particular individual however seems to have managed to defy the odds.

It was filmed by a camera crew as part of the BBC wildlife series Dynasties.

Melanism has been documented before in other penguin species - especially in king penguins.

Emperor penguins with entirely black feathers however are so rare that it has been suggested that this could be the first video footage of one ever recorded.

"He or she could be the only one of its kind!" the BBC wrote in a trailer for the series (see below).



Source: Huffington Post | Comments (5)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Still Waters 5 years ago
I've watched that series. It's excellent and narrated by Sir David Attenborough. He's the best imo.
Comment icon #2 Posted by cyclopes500 5 years ago
Its their priest.
Comment icon #3 Posted by paperdyer 5 years ago
His other tux is at the cleaners or maybe he just wanted to be dressed casual.
Comment icon #4 Posted by TripGun 5 years ago
Bobby the informal penguin.
Comment icon #5 Posted by NotWhoYouThink 5 years ago
it is in its buisness suit and forgot the tie dare to be different


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