There are 8 species of penguins in Antarctica and the surrounding region. The Emperor, Adelie, Gentoo, Chinstrap, Macaroni, Rockhopper, Magellanic and King penguin.
What penguins might you see on your expedition cruise to the Antarctic?
Some species (such as the Emperor Penguin) are very rarely sighted on expedition cruises as they can only be found inland. Here are the species of penguins in Antarctica that you may see and where:
Rockhopper Penguins are the smallest of the Crested penguins, standing at 20 to 22 inches tall. The are aptly named because they are known to hop and bound instead of waddle.
Named after Ferdinand Magellan, an explorer who was the first to see them in 1519 while voyaging around the bottom of Chile and Argentina. They can be found also in the Falklands, and on occasion, as high as Brazil.
Adelie penguins are amazing swimmers. They will sometimes travel 185 miles to find food. These highly athletic penguins will force their chicks to chase them before they feed them. Training starts at a young age!
Gentoo Penguins may be awkward on land, but underwater they are
Called so because of the thin black band under the chin – these penguins are very recognizable and are usually found in large numbers. The largest colony found in the Sandwich Islands holds 1.2 million breeding pairs!
If you are interested in seeing these penguins in Antarctica for yourself, join us on an expedition to Antarctica! Our voyage ‘FALKLAND ISLANDS, SOUTH GEORGIA & ANTARCTICA – MEGA COLONIES‘ might be of particular interest to you, as we visit one of the region’s largest penguin colonies. Speak to your preferred travel agent, or contact us directly here.