EIGHT THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW ABOUT THE EMPEROR PENGUIN

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Oct. 10 - 2016
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The emperor penguin has been the object of fascination by many travellers in different historical periods. From the first explorers to the last visitors, no one can avoid feeling admiration when knows more about them and their behaviour.

The emperor penguin is endemic of Antarctica. This means they are unique to this defined geographic location. Our hosts in Antarctica are one of the most curious bird species in the world and these eight facts will give you an idea of what we are talking about.

1.    The emperor penguin is the tallest and heaviest of all penguins’ species the world.  They can weigh between 22 and 45 kg and reach 122 cm tall.
2.    His body is very well adapted to the extremely cold conditions of Antarctica. They have a layer of sub-dermal fat which may be up to 3 cm.
3.    Thanks to his solids bones, they can swim deeper than any other species avoiding any risk of body trauma.
4.    While they swim, its heart rate is reduced to 15–20 beats per minute and non-essential organs are shut down. That ability let them reduce his oxygen use and stay underwater for more time than any other animal.
5.    The female lays a single egg, which is incubated by the male for the first two months, while the female returns to the sea to feed. Both parents then take turns foraging at sea and caring for their chick in the colony.
6.    While they are protecting their egg, they don’t eat anything and might lose more than 12 kilos.
7.    They don’t seat in the top of the egg to protect them, like any other bird. They keep them balanced on their feet and covering them with feathered skin to form a pouch.
8.    Emperor penguins live in communities and make collaborative work to fight against the hard weather conditions: they stay together to keep themselves warm and take turns to be in the middle of the group. 

Want to see Emperor penguins in their hábitat?

Antarctic Travels can take you to visit the amazing emperor penguin in their natural habitat. “In search of the emperor penguin”  is an itinerary that will let you observe the emperor penguins on their way to the open water. It includes helicopter flights if the weather conditions allow it to enjoy incredible views of the surroundings.

Day 1 Embarkation and departure from Ushuaia
Day 2 - 3 At sea
Day 4 - 7 Weddell Sea
Day 8 Half Moon Island
Day 9 - 10 At sea
Day 11 Arrival in Ushuaia and disembark
Day 5 - 6 Alternative program if the route to Snow Hill Island is free of multi-year pack-ice (less than 50 % chance):

 Programs may vary depending on local ice and weather conditions, the availability of landing sites and opportunities to see wildlife are ruled by the force of nature.

We hope to see you onboard our Antarctic expeditions!

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