Old King Coal

Posted March 26th, 2010 by kcorliss. Comments Off on Old King Coal.

See the photos and video here (National Geographic) 

It’s fairly old news by now but I figured I’d put it out there anyway in case you hadn’t seen it…

Seems a National Geographic videographer captured images (and even a short video, above) of an all-black king penguin while on a visit to South Georgia island (for you Shackleton fans this ought to ring a bell).

Dr. Allan Baker, an ornithologist and head of the Department of Natural History at the Royal Ontario Museum, called the discovery of the ‘all-black’ king penguin “astonishing.” He jokingly said ”it’s a one in a zillion kind of mutation,” and scientifically calls it ‘very rare.’

Not sure why I bring this up. I suppose it’s my predilection toward the weird in nature.


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