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For the second time in a month: an emperor penguin visited the Ukrainian polar explorers

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun20,2024

For the second time in a month: an emperor penguin visited Ukrainian polar explorers

Emperor penguin/National Antarctic Science Center

An emperor penguin visited the Ukrainian Antarctic station “Akademik Vernadskyi” for the second time this month. Before that, they had not been seen near the station for several years.

The National Antarctic Science Center writes about this on Facebook.

According to the polar explorers, the penguin was studying the station building: it was looking at a large fuel tank a tank with palm trees, the main entrance, a fire exit near the fire pits, as well as a weather porch.

Before that, the bird visited Galindez Island, where the Ukrainian station is located, at the beginning of June. This visit was a “real surprise”, polar explorers say, because emperor penguins do not nest in the “Vernadskyi” area, and their nearest colony is located more than 300 km away.

For the second time in a month: an emperor penguin visited Ukrainian polar explorers

Emperor penguin/facebook

The last time before this, the appearance of an emperor penguin near the station was recorded in December 2020. And in June of this year, the bird first walked around the island for a few days, liked the place near the geomagnetic observatory, then left Galindez, and now returned again.

According to biologists, it is a young penguin that only recently left its parents. At this age, solitary wanderings are typical for them, because they have not yet taken part in reproduction and are actively studying the world around them.

Again, we do not know what to think: emperor penguins have not been seen near “Vernadskyi” for several years, and now twice in a month, – noted at the station.

For the second time in a month: an emperor penguin visited the Ukrainian polar explorers

Emperor penguin/facebook

The polar explorers saw another large penguin on the other side of the island . The ice situation did not allow to get close and determine what kind of species it is. It was probably either the second emperor penguin or the king penguin – they are slightly smaller in size.

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my natasha@thetimeshub.in 1-800-268-7116

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