Here’s your Friday Penguin Fact:
Once a year, penguins go through what is called a catastrophic molt, where they shed all of their feathers at once. It takes 2-3 weeks and they cannot go to sea to feed in this time, so they are fasting AND uncomfortable. We keep a far distance from molters, if we disturb them and they move, they’re expending precious energy they need to keep warm.
Photos: Molting Adelie’s in the Mist Rock Islands, South of the Antarctic Circle and a molting King Penguin in South Georgia