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Antarctica Rules

Jackie and the Gentoo

Marty’s photo of the day #1691: It’s Antarctica Week! All week long I will be featuring photos from Deb’s and my Antarctica adventure.

Something I talk about in both my shows and my radio interviews is that one of the many things that makes Antarctica unique is that—unlike the animals on the other six continents—the animal species here have had only a little over two hundred years of exposure to humans. Consequently, they have no natural fear of us. To maintain that natural behavior, humans are not allowed to approach any animal closer than fifteen feet. The animals, however, have no rules and can approach us as close as they want. And they did!

This is Jackie, our staff biologist, and a gentoo penguin chick that came up and started pulling on one of her straps.

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