Ooh, my favorite!

One in a zillion
March 5, 2010, 2:11 pm
Filed under: Simply Amazing

Isn’t he lovely? National Geographic traveler Andrew Evans and his crew (en route to Antarctica) came across this rare King Penguin at Fortuna Bay on the subantarctic island of South Georgia. Out of several thousand pairs of penguins, this guy was the only one that was entirely black.

He is a rare melanistic penguin, which means the dark pigmentation of his feathers covers his entire body. It results from increased melanin in the body, but can also derive from other factors too, including genetics. Biologists guess that one in every quarter million penguins shows evidence of at least partial melanism, but this guy seems to be entirely melanistic.

Read more in the National Geographic article.

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