August 9, 2014

Gentoo Penguin, Paradise Bay

Photograph by Christian Wilkinson, National Geographic Your Shot

A single gentoo penguin pauses for thought on top of a huge iceberg at Paradise Bay, Antarctica. Like all penguins, gentoos are awkward on land. But they’re pure grace underwater. They have streamlined bodies and strong, paddle-shaped flippers that propel them up to 22 miles an hour—faster than any other diving bird.

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