The Belgian wildlife photographer shared a unique photo of a yellow penguin, which has not been seen before, it made nature lovers scream with joy.
Yves Adams – Belgian photo guide, guide and wildlife photographer, who from an early age was looking for rare birds and beautiful landscapes for their photos. In December 2019, he went on a two-month photo expedition to the South Atlantic. The group had to make a stop on an island in South Georgia to photograph a colony of king penguins, which included more than 120,000 penguins.
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It was on this island that a rare yellow and white penguin was spotted, which was photographed – and it is considered the first in history.
Adams’ fascinating footage shows a yellow creature waving its belly in the water and whining next to its usual counterparts.
There were 120,000 birds on this beach, and it was the only yellow bird. They all looked fine except that. It really was something else. It was an incredibly unique experience,
– the photographer shares his impressions.
Yellow penguin you haven’t seen before / Photo Metro
As the photographer explains, the unique color of the penguin is due to leukemia – a mutation that causes a partial loss of pigmentation of the outer covering in animals. Leukemia is manifested in white, pale or mottled color of hair, feathers, scales or epidermis.
Its cells no longer produce melanin, so its black feathers turn yellow-cream,
– explains Iv.
A wildlife photographer took an incredible picture of a yellow penguin / Photo Metro
I’ve never seen or heard of a yellow penguin before,
A Belgian wildlife photographer shared a unique photo of a yellow penguin / Photo Metro
We all went crazy when we realized. We dropped all security and grabbed the cameras. We were so lucky that the bird landed right where we were. Our review was not blocked by a sea of massive animals. Usually on this beach it is almost impossible to move through them all,
– tells Yves Adams.
Photo expedition in the South Atlantic / Photo Metro
It should be added that according to study of leukemia among penguins, depending on the individual, the probability of developing leukemia is from 1 in 20,000 to 146,000.
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