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Charming Chick Photos: Antarctica's Baby Penguins

Emperor penguins
A recent visit to a remote emperor penguin colony on East Antarctica's Princess Ragnhild Coast found 15,000 penguins living in four groups.
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Amazing emperor penguins

Emperor penguins

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A recent visit to a remote emperor penguin colony on East Antarctica's Princess Ragnhild Coast found 15,000 penguins living in four groups, including thousands of cute, fuzzy chicks. The expedition leaders watched penguin parents deliver regurgitated meals to their demanding young, as the entire group slowly waddled toward the open sea 6 miles (10 kilometers) away.

Penguin parade

Emperor penguins

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A parade of penguins heads for the sea, to hunt for fish, squid and other marine creatures.

Sea of chicks

Emperor penguins

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Further inland, thousands of chicks wait for their parents to return with a warm meal.

Two sleepy chicks

Emperor penguins

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Fuzzy baby penguins take a nap on the Antarctic ice.

Ice cliff

Emperor penguins

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A tall ice cliff shelters the penguin colony from Antarctica's fierce winds.

Feeding time

Emperor penguins

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Penguin parents regurgitate meals for their chicks. The chicks are raised far inland from the edge of the ice, where snapping seals might make a meal of penguin young.

Feed me!

Emperor penguins

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A baby penguin asks for more food.

Adorable Adélies

Adelie penguins

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Adélie penguins are smaller and shorter than emperor penguins.

Emperor closeup

Emperor penguins

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The regal visage of an Emperor penguin glistens under the summer Antarctic sun.

Lunch launch

Emperor penguins

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Emperor penguins launch themselves onto the ice after a hunt.

Who are you?

Emperor penguins

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An inquisitive emperor penguin checks out visitors from Belgium's Princess Elisabeth polar research station.