Ukrainian polar explorers showed Antarctic penguins and their babies up close. VIDEO

Ukrainian polar explorers showed Antarctic penguins and their babies up close.  VIDEO


Ukrainian polar explorers from the “Akademik Vernadskyi” station showed Antarctic penguins and their babies.

Antarctic penguins, according to biologists, are also called “chinstraps” or “beards” because of the thin black stripe on the white chin.

They are considered the most massive species in the Antarctic, there are about 7.5 million pairs, according to the National Antarctic Science Center.

According to polar explorers, the mating season of these birds usually begins in October-November. They usually lay 2 eggs, less often 1 or 3.

Antarctic penguins are also called “chinstraps” or “beards”.

Penguins hatch in a little more than a month. At first, they are covered with light gray down, which darkens over time on the head, wings and back.

Both partners take turns in hatching the eggs and taking care of the children, scientists add.

On our Galindez Island, Antarctic penguins mostly visit, but rarely. But on Buta, which is 20 km to the north, their small colony nests.

It is here that all 3 species of penguins of the genus Pygoscelis that are found in our area nest at the same time: subantarctic, antarctic and Adélie“, the post says.

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Biologists emphasize: the neighborhood of three species has also been found on other islands, but this “event” is an exception. And so that everyone nests together every year and successfully hatches chicks – only on Buta.

The video with the chicks was made by a biologist of the 28th UAE, Vadym Tkachenko, while working on But Island, located in the “Vernadskyi” district. This year, 15 Chinstrapenia kittens were born there“, the scientists conclude.

We will remind you that earlier we wrote that the first subantarctic penguin chicks appeared near the Akademik Vernadskyi station in 2023.



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