The Rare Golden Penguin Spotted Along the Shore of Antarctica Tauheed Ahmad June 21, 2017 Animals 1057 Tourists aboard the National Geographic Journey to Antarctica cruise were amazed by sightings of a lovely golden penguin in the middle of a black and white flock. This was a distinct event because animals of its coloring are exceptional and hardly ever seen in the wild life. The beautiful blonde bird was determined to be a chinstrap penguin, a member of a species that inhabits the shores of the Southern Pacific and Antarctic Ocean. Therefore, the penguin is seen relaxing just off one of the South Shetland Islands, the gorgeous creature has been categorized as a leucistic penguin due to the unique traces of blonde color running through its coat. Therefore, Leucism is a condition resulting from a genetic mutation that reduces the production of pigmentation in an animal’s skin cells. It is uncommon in wild animals because it makes them stand out from the rest of their species as a target, but does make for an interesting creature to look at, such as this adorable white giraffe Omo in recent times spotted in Tanzania. Specifically in birds, the condition is well-known as “isabellinisim” and is caused by a limited melanin in the plumage and feathers. The chance genetic condition results in the unique creamy, pale gold color that makes this little penguin the odd one out of its colony. Though his penguin mates don’t seem to mind his appearance, and it shouldn’t affect his aptitude to find a breeding partner, the typical black and white color of a penguin supports to camouflage it from predators and prey. Therefore, this odd duck’s appearance may affect its chances of existence unless it is able to pay off by being extra stealthy and aware of predators. Source: My Modernmet Originally posted 2016-02-16 22:26:18. Republished by Blog Post Promoter Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYou must be logged in to post a comment.