Does a Viral Photo Show a Bright Yellow Penguin?

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The bright yellow chest feathers of ordinary king penguins are thought to be an evolutionary tactic to attract a mate.
A photograph of a king penguin captured by nature photographer Yves Adams in February 2021 showed what appeared to be a brightly hued, lemon-colored penguin.

In a post published to Facebook on Feb. 18, Adams said he was unpacking gear from boats that had just landed on a remote beach on the island of South Georgia, a British territory in the southern Atlantic Ocean just north of Antarctica. The 1,500-square-foot island is home to the world's second-largest penguin, the king penguin.

In his post, Adams said that the penguin "walked up straight to our direction" in the middle of a chaotic scene filled with sea elephants, Antarctic fur seals, and thousands of other king penguins.

And the bird's unforgettable plumage is likely the result of a rare condition known as leucism, according to Vikki McCloskey, curator of the Steinhart Aquarium at the California Academy of…
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