Reader photo: Heard Island Penguins

By AG STAFF 3 July 2014
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King Penguins are ready to receive their loyal subjects in their sub-Antarctic kingdom

This week’s reader photo was taken by Anthony on Heard Island in the sub-Antarctic.

Heard Island is a popular breeding ground for the penguins, who find the waters of the island filled with their favourite food – lanternfish.  On foraging trips they repeatedly dive to over 100 metres to find laternfish, other small fish and squid. They have even been recorded hunting at depths greater than 300 metres!

King penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) are the second-largest species of penguin (only the emperor penguin is larger) and can grow between 70cm to 100cm tall and weigh up to 16kg.


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