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Upon entered the Aquarium I saw I was just in time for the penguin feeding. The lighting and the speed of the penguins made them hard to photograph. This is one of the better photos, accompanied by a video clip of a post-feeding wiggle.

The young female zoologist told us penguin facts while we watched them chow down. We had to be one of the toughest crowds in the history of speaker/audience. I did catch one great point of interest.

Do you ever think of penguins as camoflagued? They are! It's called countershading. Predators from the sky can't see penguins while they are swimming, because the water is dark and their backs are dark. Predators below them in the water can't see them because when they look up they see the sky more than the penguin's white belly.

Brilliant.

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