King Penguin Chicks
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King Penguin Chicks, Gold Harbor, South Georgia.
Because of their large size, King Penguin chicks take 14 to 16 months before they are ready to go to sea. This is markedly different from smaller penguins, who rear their chicks through a single summer when food is plentiful. King Penguins time their mating so the chicks will develop over the harshest season for fishing. In this way, by the time the young penguins are finally mature enough to leave their parents, it is summer when food is plentiful and conditions are more favorable for the young to survive alone.
August 14th, 2013
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