An Imperial visit to the Straits of Magellan, Magallanes, Chile

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Last week we were incredibly lucky to get a most unexpected and distinguished visitor to the shores of Punta Arenas on the Straits of Magellan, as a vagrant adult Emperor Penguin, Aptenodytes forsteri came ashore to the astonishment and delight of those who saw it. It is only the second documented occurrence of this strictly Antarctic and largest of all penguins for Chile, and the first record since 1978, almost 40 years ago. It is also the first adult Emperor documented for the country, since the 1978 specimen was a juvenile bird.

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It was checked for any health issues and observed for a few days in a local wildlife rehab center before being released in the Straits of Magellan in the proximities of its Eastern (Atlantic) mouth, from where it will probably make its voyage back to Antarctica…truly an Imperial event..!!!