Right now in Antarctica, emperor penguin females are laying their eggs. After they do, their nutritional reserves are exhausted, and they immediately transfer their eggs to the feet of their mates, who cradle the eggs on their feet to keep them warm and off the sea ice. The emperor penguin males do this for two months in the depths of the Antarctic winter. It takes heroic parenting skills to raise a chick in this brutally cold environment where temperatures can drop to 40 degrees below zero with winds of more than 100 miles per hour. I spent a month camped on the sea ice near an emperor penguin colony to document how the chicks grow up. Here a young emperor chick leans against its father. I share this image in celebration of Fathers Day!
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