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A penguin chick goes for a dive.
Emperor penguins are giants among their peers, but they still start off small, fuzzy and adorable. What they do after leaving their parents has been a bit of a mystery until now.
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Researchers tagged 15 fledgling penguins with satellite trackers to see what they get up to on their own and how they handle the challenging environment of Antarctica.
WHOI biologist Stephanie Jenouvrier holds a 5-month-old emperor penguin before tagging it.
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While full-grown emperor penguins swim like torpedoes underwater, the kids aren't quite so graceful.
"When they first go in the water, they are very awkward and unsure of themselves," says Sara Labrousse, of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She is the lead author of a paper on the penguins published Thursday in the journal Marine Ecology Progress Series.
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The team discovered that the young penguins initially headed far north of their colony in Terre Adélie for warmer waters where they practiced their swimming skills. Once their diving improved, they headed back south to swim underneath sea ice in search of fish and krill.
The researchers were surprised to discover the young penguins spent most of the winter...
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