Antarctica’s South Georgia Island has a population of several

million penguins. I know that for a fact because I think I took that

many pictures of them. One of those penguins happened to be

black–all black–and perhaps you noticed, that one penguin’s been

getting a bit of attention lately. Several people have asked if I got

any video of this rare bird and I kept shrugging my shoulders and

saying “no, no, too bad.” That is, until today. After unpacking, doing

laundry and finally sifting through my million-and-one penguin shots, I

located this one shot clip of the beloved and ultra-unique all-black

penguin. Here he is folks. — Andrew Evans

Andrew Evans traveled 10,000 miles–by bus–from Washington D.C. to Antarctica for National Geographic Traveler and has tweeted about his travels at @Bus2Antarctica. Follow the map of his journey, bookmark all of his blog posts, watch videos, and get the full story on the project here.

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    March 12, 2010, 5:54 pm

    Awesome! I wonder if that qualifies as penguin formal or penguin casual? Thanks for hunting down the shot and posting it. A very cool sight to behold!

  2. PaxTrekker
    March 12, 2010, 7:45 pm

    That’s great fun to watch this all black penguin strolling along. Thanks for sharing! Love it.

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    March 15, 2010, 1:26 am

    Its the James Bond of penguins! That is so cool!

  5. Malcolm
    March 15, 2010, 8:11 am

    someone must’ve painted its belly black while it’s asleep XD nah joke~
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  6. Pjames
    March 15, 2010, 12:50 pm

    Thats a racist penguin lol

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    March 15, 2010, 3:00 pm

    That penquin is from the hood, he a brutha.

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    March 15, 2010, 3:58 pm

    Hi! I am wondering how “Blackie” is treated by the other penguins? Is he an outcast or considered a prize?

  9. OlieV
    March 17, 2010, 1:48 am

    All black penguin???that’s amazing! I’ve read the news about this, they found it at South Georgia Island and probably hatches in New Zealand. One has to wonder if an all black penguin has allergic reactions to penguins from South Africa, Australia, or France – or complains of poisoned fish all the time with no evidence of it.

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    March 23, 2010, 8:34 pm

    How amazing to see this rare creature! Is this a melanistic penguin? I have seen/photographed several leucistic critters, such as a mourning dove at my bird feeders, a tadpole being eaten by a bullfrog, and lions at a zoo. I am very curious if it is true that immune system improves with melanism. Also, how is this bird treated by the others? Has it been able to mate? What chances for survival, and passing on the gene?

  13. L.B
    March 25, 2010, 8:45 pm

    maybe he got caught up in an oil spill…. he might just be a normal penguin with an extra oily belly.

  14. Bgs
    March 28, 2010, 2:57 pm

    How do the other birds react to it? Was there any noticeable pro or con in the reactions?
    I would also like to see a close up photo of its chest. (Or just a higher resolution of the picture).

  15. Victoria
    March 30, 2010, 5:57 pm

    OMG!!! this is amazing, as I am a lover of all animals!

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    Seriously? It’s 2010. No high-res image or video? These all look like the photos and images of bigfoot, and even at that low resolution, don’t look real.

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