Tobogganing Adelie penguins (and a lone chinstrap
at the front). All types of penguin that come across snow and ice can
and will toboggan in this manner. It is a very efficient and rapid way
of moving when the conditions are right - soft snow, but where the penguin
only sinks a little way into it, needing less energy than walking the
same distance. The penguin lays on it's front and pushes its way forwards
using its feet, the flippers are used for balance or sometimes as oars
to help forwards movement. A considerable speed can be reached for short
distances in this way, enough to out pace a running man.
Photo; © Paul Ward - Pentax equipment,
100mm lens, 35mm film, E64.
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