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Have You Ever Seen the Mass Molting of a Colony of Penguins!?

When the Antarctic temperature drops at the start of winter, thousands of penguins must shed their summer plumage for a thicker, winterized coat. As their feathers float away in the winter wind, Antarctic penguins must conserve energy — they are unable to dive and feed until they have completely molted and regrown their feathers.

In this video, Sir David Attenborough takes us into a whirlwind of penguin feathers as the Antarctic winter descends upon a penguin colony at Deception Island — watch the video!

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.