Year of 2017

King penguins at Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands

If the other team doesn’t show, that’s an automatic forfeit. In the meantime, marvel at the king penguin’s ability to dive to depths of more than 300 feet into the frigid waters of the Southern and South Atlantic Oceans. It dives to pursue the squid and lanternfish that are primary parts of its diet. And when prey is scarce, the king can dive even deeper in its search for food. Researchers have spotted king penguins as far as 1,000 feet below the surface. That’s deep!

The king penguin is the second largest species of penguin, second only to the emperor penguin. There are two subspecies: A. p. patagonicus and A. p. halli; patagonicus is found in the South Atlantic and halli elsewhere.
Scientific name: Aptenodytes patagonicus
Biological classification: Species
Belongs to: Aptenodytes
Notables: Nils Olav