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First egg at the Emperor penguin colony!

First egg Photo: Delphine Menard, Institut Polaire Français Paul-Emile Victor - IPEV

The first egg of the season has been spotted at the Emperor penguin colony at Dumont D’Urville Station in Antarctica.  The females start to leave from late May to hunt for food. The males stay behind, spending up to 75 days incubating the eggs, relying entirely on body fat laid down during summer to survive the long winter fast.






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