Black Penguin


Photo: Andrew Evans

National Geographic Traveler contributing editor Andrew Evans (@Bus2Antarctica) snapped this photo of a rare black penguin during his travels around the world to Antarctica.

He wrote that it's a "rare melanistic trait that's practically undocumented" on king penguins - Thanks Marilyn!


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No it doesn't appear shopped just because it's "unusual".

The "black" penguin's head does not seem to match the body in position or proportion, and the patch at the top of the chest looks poorly slapped on, there is white visible on the left-hand side of the neck. The perspective is weird as well.
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It probably looks "shopped" because it looks so unnatural. It looks unnatural because we're not used to seeing anything like it. But not everything unusual is "shopped."
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