Rare All Black Penguin Photographed

Rare All Black Penguin

Rare All Black Penguin

OK, so this isn’t exactly aquarium related, but I found it to be quite interesting. An all black penguin was recently discovered in Antarctica. Andrew Evans from National Geographic was on a trip to the Southern Hemisphere when he stumbled across an extremely rare, monochromatic black King Penguin. This occurrence is so rare that Dr. Allan Baker, an ornithologist who specializes in bird melanism, said this bird had a “one in a zillion kind of mutation”. Melanism in birds is not uncommon, but usually animals that have these mutations have spots where melanin pigmentation has failed to color the skin or feathers. In this case, as previously stated, the penguin is all black, making it extremely rare.

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