Penguins!

Who doesn’t love penguins!  Well, you need to travel to the Southern Hemisphere to see them unless they are the Pixar kind. Surprisingly many live outside the Antarctic (they don’t need the icy temps) and they don’t live with polar bears. The farthest north you will find them is the Galapagos Islands. They also live in South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Peru, and Argentina.

And here in Chile, we have 2 kinds. The Magellanic and Humboldt penguins. The best viewing places that I know of are Isla Magdalena near Punta Arenas and Martillo Island off Ushuaia, Argentina but there are also a few small islands off Chiloe and probably other smaller areas all up the coast. The best time to view them is in summer time – October through March. When we went in January most of the parents were off fishing for the young’uns except this small group below. This was taken by my daughter at the Pinguinera off Chiloe.

The rest of these photos were borrowed with permission from http://www.arthurgrosset.com/index.html

These guys average 20-28 inches tall and up to 11 pounds. They can live up to 20 years.

The brownish ones are juveniles. Chicks are dependent on the parents for feeding for the first 2 1/2 months of life until they get their own waterproof feathers.

They spend most of their time in the water even sleeping there and can dive up to depths of 260 feet.

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