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Penguins near Punta Arenas
February 13, 2003

I went to Punta Arenas, at 150,000 inhabitants, the largest city in southern Patagonia. It's located on the Straight of Magellan. I went to a small island in the middle of the straight that is inhabited by tens of thousands of Magellanic Penguins. Pretty cool. Unfortunately, my camera started acting up, so some of these pictures are blurry :-(


The small, low island looks pretty barren upon approach...
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Until you get a little closer and you can see that it is packed with penguins!
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Our boat has landed!
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These penguins live in burrows all over the island.
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You can wander around and get right up close to them. They are not very afraid of humans.
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You never get lonely when you're a penguin.
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Homes are still affordable, too.
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Click here to view a movie of penguins walking.



Click here to view a movie of a penguin "calling." The other name for this penguin isn't "Jackass Penguin" for nothing.


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