As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Thursday 16 May 2019

Rare pale-colored penguin and seals spotted on remote island

A king penguin and fur seals seen on South Georgia Island have mutations that affect how their bodies make various pigments.
An oddly colored king penguin stands out in a photograph taken at St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia Island, in March 2019.
Remote South Georgia Island, about 1,200 miles east of South America’s southern tip, is a seasonal home for only a few dozen humans—but many thousands of seals, penguins, and other creatures.
On a recent National Geographic expedition to the island, photographer Jeff Mauritzen happened upon some animals that were birds of a different feather: A king penguin and fur seals with separate, yet rare, genetic mutations that make them all appear pale.
The striking penguin was spotted on a rainy morning, and as luck would have it, the weather cleared for about ten minutes, just enough time to get some photographs, Mauritzen says.

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