The Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) is the largest penguin in the Antarctic.
"This is the largest of all penguins, weighing up to 40kg. It has a thick layer of blubber underneath its plumage which makes it resistant to cold.
A bright yellow patch starts near its ears and fades out towards its chest.
[A Parent's Duties]
The female penguin lays only one egg, without making a nest, then leaves to gather food. The male balances the egg on its feet and keeps it warm under the fold of its stomach.
The female is gone for about 60 days, and as the male goes without food all this time his body weight drops sharply.
If the egg hatches before the female returns, the male raises the chick on 'penguin milk' which he secretes from his gullet."
The Emperor Penguin, in small groups sometimes accompanied by young, will sometimes appear on The Gabbiano.
These penguins can be found in the Weddell Sea, in the following coordinate areas:
- A-2 S
- B-3 NW (land)
- B-3 SE
- A-4 NE
- A-4 SW (land)
- B-4 NW
- D-4 SE (land)
These are often found roaming in loose groups, on land and water, sometimes with other penguins or even seals.