So many penguins! These flightless birds live only in the Southern Hemisphere and have definitely marked their territory in Antarctica. The remote location of their colonies severely limits human contact making these birds fearless and almost gregarious to visitors. Although we have to stay five meters away, stand still for five minutes and a curious penguin will invariably waddle closer to have a look at you. And there is definitely a stench as their guano collects over the summer (it smells like fish sauce, so on average better than your local zoo).
It’s so easy to lose time watching the penguins as they clumsily amble about. We visited at the end of the season when many of them are molting. The chicks were also much larger, some bigger than their parents. We had fun anthropomorphizing different storylines for each colony. While awkward on land, they are amazing to watch in water speeding and porpoising about, something that was impossible for us to see in an aquarium or zoo. The distances they can travel in water is staggering; they have undeniably evolved to use the ocean as their sky.