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crozet-clans:

Killer in the Mist (2009) by Stefano Unterthiner"The picture was taken in a torrential rainstorm on Possession Island in the sub-Antarctic Crozet Archipelago. A killer whale family was hunting king penguins and southern elephant seals just off a nearby beach. 
'Over four months, this was the first time,' says Stefano, 'that I saw killer whales so close to shore or to the king penguin rookery.' The penguins were in a terrible panic, he says. 'The drama was intense, what with the enormous male, its dorsal fin slicing through the grey water, and the simply terrible weather.' Stefano spotted the killer whales from the cliff overlooking the beach and then spent more than three hours photographing them in whipping rain. 'It's one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.' ” [x]

crozet-clans:

Killer in the Mist (2009) by Stefano Unterthiner

"The picture was taken in a torrential rainstorm on Possession Island in the sub-Antarctic Crozet Archipelago. A killer whale family was hunting king penguins and southern elephant seals just off a nearby beach.

'Over four months, this was the first time,' says Stefano, 'that I saw killer whales so close to shore or to the king penguin rookery.' The penguins were in a terrible panic, he says. 'The drama was intense, what with the enormous male, its dorsal fin slicing through the grey water, and the simply terrible weather.' Stefano spotted the killer whales from the cliff overlooking the beach and then spent more than three hours photographing them in whipping rain. 'It's one of the most unforgettable moments of my life.' ” [x]

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birdandmoon:

I’ve had a busy month, so making this chart was nice and calming. The original is on my site here.
Come and visit me this weekend in Toronto at TCAF!

Eeeeee!

ursulavernon:

birdandmoon:

I’ve had a busy month, so making this chart was nice and calming. The original is on my site here.

Come and visit me this weekend in Toronto at TCAF!

Eeeeee!

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awkwardsituationist:

emperor penguins, like other birds, have the capacity to fluff their feathers and insulate their bodies with a layer of air. but where most birds have rows of feathers with bare skin between them, emperors have a dense, uniform coat of feathers with tiny filaments at the base which allows them to release this air as lubricating microbubbles. this acts to reduce viscosity and cut drag, thus enabling the penguins to reach speeds of twenty seven feet a second and fly out of the water and over any potential waiting leopard seals.

photos by paul micklen for a story by glenn hodges in national geographic. gif made from deep blue

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