Penguins have always been amazingly photogenic – how could they not be, when they wear a tuxedo every day? But National Geographic’s November issue is going to feature some of the most beautiful photos you’ve ever seen. The following is an excerpt from the November edition of National Geographic magazine:
When an emperor penguin swims through the water, it is slowed by the friction between its body and the water, keeping its maximum speed somewhere between four and nine feet a second. But in short bursts the penguin can double or even triple its speed by releasing air from its feathers in the form of tiny bubbles. These reduce the density and viscosity of the water around the penguin’s body, cutting drag and enabling the bird to reach speeds that would otherwise be impossible. (As an added benefit, the extra speed helps the penguins avoid predators such as leopard seals.)
Here’s a sneak preview of the photos. Prepare to be amazed.