When penguins fly ….

Adélie penguins take flight on King George Island

Yes, that is exactly what you think you’re seeing.

I mean, how freakin’ cool is that?

According to the Telegraph, BBC program host Terry Jones explained,

We’d been watching the penguins and filming them for days, without a hint of what was to come …. But then the weather took a turn for the worse. It was quite amazing. Rather than getting together in a huddle to protect themselves from the cold, they did something quite unexpected, that no other penguins can do.

Apparently a BBC crew witnessed the flight of the Adélie penguins from King George Island—750 miles south of the Falklands—while filming for an upcoming series called Miracles of Evolution.

Adélie penguins migrate north to South American rainforests.

2 thoughts on “When penguins fly ….

  1. Is the BBC one 10am April 1st broadcast about flying penguins in any way connected with the date, do you think?

  2. I did pause to think about that, and I decided that since I so adore the phrase “flying penguins”, I would take the chance of being thoroughly embarrassed on this one. It is, I realize, Terry Jones. To the other, though, the Beeb would seem to be in on it, as well as the Mirror. And that’s getting just a bit big for a press joke. And nature both is and isn’t surprising. It is surprising in the fact that it constantly surprises me. It isn’t surprising in the sense that at some point I should stop being surprised. In the end, the idea of flying penguins is more hilarious than unbelievable.

    Perhaps I have too much faith in the BBC. I mean, that shot of the penguins over South American forest land is just bizarre, both for the scene in general and the perspective specifically. But after the Planet Earth series, I have much faith in their ability to get the truly insane shots. Flying next to penguins, for instance.

    I’ve been far more embarrassed in the past than I would be if I’m falling for a hoax about flying penguins. It would probably hurt more to have to accept that penguins really don’t fly. I can only wonder what Opus is thinking tonight.

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