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Magellanic Penguin - Ushuaia, Argentina | by Phil Marion (176 million views - THANKS)
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Magellanic Penguin - Ushuaia, Argentina

Penguins are superbly adapted to an aquatic life. Their vestigial wings have become flippers, useless for flight in the air. In the water, however, penguins are astonishingly agile. Within the smooth plumage a layer of air is preserved, ensuring buoyancy. The air layer also helps insulate the birds in cold waters. On land, penguins use their tails and wings to maintain balance for their upright stance.



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Taken on December 6, 2008