April 9, 2015

When Penguins Attack

Photograph by Clinton Berry, National Geographic Your Shot

Your Shot member Clinton Berry captured this photo with a GoPro on Antarctica's sea ice, about six miles from Casey Station. "I studied the movements of the penguins for weeks," Berry writes. "They walked in the same area almost every day. We would get maybe a dozen or less going by. The day this was taken there were over 60 penguins. It was a bit of luck involved too."

Berry’s image was recently featured in Your Shot’s Daily Dozen.

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Editor's Note, April 16, 2015: Since first posting this picture, we've received additional information. The photographer's credit has been updated to reflect the original photographer's name.

57 comments
satyabrata Majumder
satyabrata Majumder

UNBELIEVABLE !!! APPEARS TO BE SOME DRAWN PICTURE ? COURAGEOUS SHHHHOT !!!

S. Hanakura
S. Hanakura

Creepy.

I can't recognized this photo is real at a glance.

S. Anton
S. Anton

Of all of the pictures of penguins I have seen, I have never seen one like this. Great picture!

Leslie Oscarson
Leslie Oscarson

Amazing! I have never even thought of what was inside a Penguin's mouth - let alone SEEN it! Thanks for the wonderful photo...fascinating...

Diane Kane
Diane Kane

Is he really upset or just about to grab a fish? Good show to run off a rival? Great shot!!!

Regina C
Regina C

look at those teeth!! It was amazing!!

Anne Marie Vedaa
Anne Marie Vedaa

Now I know how the fish they eat feel. Terrific shot because it challenged my preconceived notion of a mild mannered penguin.

D Higginbotham
D Higginbotham

It's weird seeing penguins from this view.  They seem so mild mannered.


Karen Monson
Karen Monson

Wow, not so cute and cuddly as I thought!

Gordon Tait
Gordon Tait

Just to Clarify.. this picture was taken by Clint Berry who I was working with in Antartica, I have mentioned this in previous posts but it seems to have been lost.

Anthony Powell
Anthony Powell

To see video of the same thing: https://vimeo.com/116037867

They seem to like the look of the small black lens on the gopro cameras, as they are about the same size as the pebbles they collect for nests.

Daniel Healey
Daniel Healey

What a great shot.Looks like a killer penguin.Did he get you?


Ira Feldman
Ira Feldman

I work in Southern latitudes and never saw that before! Great Shot!!

Roland D.
Roland D.

:O this is awesome....oh my god.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

Hilarious and brave little guy.  His eyes look exactly like the buttons they used to put on teddy bears.  I like the slant of the background, the other birds walking away from his center and the sun in the upper right.  

Brian Scott
Brian Scott

So this is the last thing a fish sees..

Barbara Nicholson
Barbara Nicholson

The guy does eat fish...  Gotta catch 'em somehow!  (and they think WE'RE funny looking!)  I hope this was sent to the GoPro people!


Paul Anderson
Paul Anderson

Penguins do not have teeth , they have rearward-pointing, tooth-like barbs on the tongue and roof of the mouth. These are not used for chewing, instead assist in the swallowing of their slippery prey.

Janet Howell
Janet Howell

Man, I never new their beaks look like THAT on the inside. WOW.

Sarah Norman
Sarah Norman

what's with those teeth! they're all in the middle of his mouth?? I'm really freaked out

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