Reporting from Antarctica. The temperatures are hovering around 0 degrees Fahrenheit. I was just on our research boat when I saw a large rookery of penguins. Knowing that penguins can range from one to five feet, and that Emperor penguins are the largest, I guessed that these were Emperor penguins. As I was getting off the boat, I saw some penguins hunting in the water for crustaceans, fish, and squid. They used their wings to propel themselves towards their food. I carefully stepped over rocks and snow to get a closer look at the penguins. As I got closer, I noticed steam rising from the center of the group. I had read that huddling penguins can create enough heat to produce steam. A few yards away, a bunch of other penguins were laying eggs or taking care of babies. The nests were made out of rocks, grass, and mud. When I approached the moms, a penguin squawked at me. I reassured her in my best penguin voice that I wasn’t there to take or scramble her eggs. The cold made me want to go back to the lab and continue my research about the warm and sunny great plains of Africa.
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