October 29, 2012

Emperor Penguins, Antarctica

Photograph by Paul Nicklen, National Geographic

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Emperor penguins are Olympian swimmers, capable of diving to 1,750 feet and remaining underwater 20 minutes on a single breath. "I was mesmerized by their beautiful bubble trails," says Nicklen, who braved 28°F water to capture these images.

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Terri Roberts
Terri Roberts

The bubble trails add texture, a sense of movement and make this photo exciting!

Great image!!!

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