A Belgian wildlife photographer captured an “unprecedented” “golden” penguin in Antarctica.
According to the British newspaper The Independent on the 20th, the feathers on the head and chest of the penguin are golden yellow, and the rest are white.
The photographer, named Yves Adams, and other photographers came to South Georgia Island in the South Atlantic Ocean, where the “golden” penguin habitat in December 2019.
Adams has photographed nearly 120,000 penguins so far. Adams said: “Alsically all the penguins on the island are black and white, except this one. I have never heard of yellow penguins before.
We were all so happy and crazy that we desperately picked up the equipment to capture it.” Researchers analyzed that the “golden” penguin suffers from “albinism” and its black feathers turn yellow and white because the cells no longer produce melanin.
In addition, scientists believe that this “golden” penguin represents the emergence of new bird feather pigment.