A strange yellow penguin was seen for the first time in Antarctica , its color stood out in the middle of a group of black and white birds on the side of the beach . The penguin was located by a team of biologists in the South Georgia archipelago , researchers still cannot give certainty about the reason for the penguin’s coloration.
Unlike the rest of the birds on the same island, this penguin is not black and white with gold details, distinctive features of king penguins. On the contrary, this specimen is completely yellow , giving the sensation that it had been bathed in gold, with blue eyes and a pink beak, making it a unique and perfect animal in the eyes of all wildlife lovers.
Yellow penguin is seen for the first time on South Georgia Island.
Given the dazzling and curious beauty of the penguin, some experts comment that it may be a bird with albinism, a genetic variation in which there is little or no production of melanin , a natural pigment that gives color to the skin, hair and eyes. .
This explains why the fins and the rest of the body of our penguin are yellow.
Photographer Yvez Adams was the one who captured the incredible images of the penguin . He published some photos on his Instagram account, where he shared that the animal approached his team without any fear. The publication reads:
«Winning nature’s lottery by seeing the most beautiful king penguin and being able to take pictures! As we unpacked our rubber dinghies after landing on a remote beach on South Georgia Island, this albino king penguin walked straight toward us amidst a chaos filled with elephant seals and Antarctic fur seals, and thousands of other king penguins. How lucky can I be! Yesterday, the press picked up these images, and the phone has not stopped dreaming since then. Looks like we desperately need soft, yellow news! Thank you all very much for your nice messages!
In the midst of the crowd of penguins, all with the same characteristics, it was really satisfying for Adams to see and photograph a yellow penguin up close .
The photographer commented that he spent about two months on the island on an expedition. He also highlighted that there were about 120,000 birds on the beach , so the only yellow penguin easily caught his attention.
Although the pigmentation of this penguin is very different from that of the rest of its companions, it does not have any evolutionary disadvantage with its species .
Several studies have shown that albino animals are less resistant to the sun, but enjoy a completely healthy life in the wild.
The discovery of the yellow penguin occurred in a large coastal area, a 1 kilometer wide plain that is home to an immense population of king penguins .
Adams remembers with emotion the moment he first saw the penguin.
“I dropped my suitcase to get my binoculars and camera. It was a young and curious specimen that decided to approach me instead of swimming away. That’s how I got 2 to 3 minutes to take these incredible, once-in-a-lifetime images before the animal disappeared into the rest of the colony. Yes, yellow penguins exist! The chances of seeing such an individual again are one in a million.”
The scientific community recognizes the existence of 18 species of penguins. The king penguin is the second largest penguin among the 18 species of penguins that exist in the world after the emperor penguin.
How great is Mother Nature. A true wonder to be able to see such a unique specimen.