Antarctica’s Winged Mascot


So cute…how can you resist them?!

If Antarctica had a mascot, it would most definitely be the penguin.  They are the main population on Antarctica, and they are damn cute.  Sure – they smell…badly – but I found the odor pretty easy to overlook in light of their general adorableness.  I personally think they could make a run to de-thrown the mighty teddy bear or puppy for most adorable creature.

Antarctica is home to 6 species of penguins – Adélies, Chinstraps, Emperors, Gentoos, Macaronis, and Rockhoppers.  They mainly eat krill or fish and they have no real predators on land except skua birds who steal their eggs.  Their predators in water are the leopard seal and the orca whales, but they can live in harmony with seals on land – a strange site.

Penguins are the perfect mascot to represent the continent- they are always dressed formally and ready to turn on the charm at a moments notice.   I even did research on what makes a good mascot and came up with the following qualities according to marketing and business geniuses and applied my findings:

A Mascot Should Provide People with a Sense of Comfort

These creatures know how to take care of things…especially their offspring.  The females and males spend hours making sure their offspring are comfortable and taken care of. This mother penguin readjusts her eggs ensuring they are comfortable.

Penguin protecting eggs

This penguin was keeping a close watch on her eggs

This male penguin brings yet another rock for his beloved’s nest ensuring his mate and future chick are comfortable.

Love Rock

A love rock – a male penguin brings his mate a rock for her nest


 A Mascot Should Have a Good Pose

On a scale of 1 to 10 – I rate this pose a 11.  These little creatures are noisy and sort of sound like a herd of donkeys at times – but all of that yapping makes for great photos.

Penguin yell

You’ve heard of a rebel yell…well this is a penguin yell.

Love this stream-lined pose…very aerodynamic…if they could only fly…

Penguin head on

Penguin head on

I wonder how long they had to work on this pose together?

In sync penguins

In sync penguins

There are even a few penguin super models…

penguin pose

Enjoying the attention of the cameras

A Mascot Should Convey Motion and Energy

Penguins are more industrious that I was expecting.  They create a complex maze of penguin highways to get to and from their rookery through the melting snow.  The path is used by all of the penguins so it doesn’t take long for the path to get stamped down and a highway is formed.


penguin rookery

Trails leading in and out of a rookery


Penguins always have the right of way in Antarctica

Penguins always have the right of way in Antarctica

penguin highway

A deep penguin highway

Penguins displayed most of their energy in the water as they lept through the water like dolphins with ease and grace.

Penguins taking a dip

Penguins taking a dip


A Mascot Should Be Like-able, Cute, and Happy

Easy – I never saw a happier animal.  They were so unafraid of humans that they would walk right up to you and look you over.

A good belly stretch

A slide or a belly stretch? Either way it looks fun!

All a big happy family on land

All a big happy family on land

Baby Got Back - Penguin rear view

Baby’s Got Back – Penguin rear view

A Mascot Should Have a Personality of Its Own

Each penguin seems to have a personality – which is an oddity if you ask me.  At times they seemed more human than birdlike.  They would fight and play with each other with gusto.  It was easy to spot the bullies, the popular penguins, the gossips, and the smart ones.

Penguins look tiny on a giant iceberg

Hanging out with some BFF’s –  Penguins look tiny on a giant iceberg

Solo penguin

This one needed a little alone time – Solo penguin and his rock


You go first...

You go first….no, you go first…penguin peer pressure


And a Mascot Should Always Have a Comfortable Suit that allows for movement and interaction

The perfect Mascot?

The perfect Mascot?


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Disclosure: ExpeditionTrips and G Adventures hosted my Antarctic Peninsula Cruise. However, all of the opinions expressed here are my own – as you know how I love to speak my mind!

Your Comments

29 Comments so far

  1. Ellen says:

    Again, love love LOVE the pictures and you re-created some great memories from this trip of a lifetime. Penguins ARE a great mascot and a great example to be ‘unafraid,’ we should all be like that! :-)

  2. I LOVE the penquins and yes they are a perfect mascot. My character, Amanda,must visit Antartica one day as she would go crazy over the penquins for sure. Fab shots!!

  3. Carmel says:

    I’m at work and all I want to do is squeal. They are so flippin (yes, pun) cute!

  4. Totally cute photos! I’m so jealous.

  5. Excellent article and great photos. I had no idea that penguins made tracks/highways in the snow.

    ‘Highways In The Snow’ – maybe a book title?

  6. Marco Fiori says:

    Some cute things, and despite the fact they’ve been photographed to death over the years, you manage to capture some really good penguin perspectives.

  7. Baron's says:

    The pictures are superb…So vivid..and the article is very inspiring…you’re giving me ideas here..Thanks

  8. Rachel says:

    No you can’t! resist a penguin, especially the baby! haha I held one when I visited a zoo in Seattle, it was so cute I almost adopted it!
    Great shot by the way. :)

  9. Vera says:

    Omg, cuteness overload – I’d LOVE to watch them do their thing, too; it must be so awesome (and very, very cold)! My little sister actually had a penguin as a stuffed toy (and a teddy bear, which was admittedly more loved)- it was quite big, too… But not as gorgeous as these buggers on your brilliant pictures:)!

  10. You do not even understand, one of my dreams is to see these penguins LIVE in Antarctica. Thank you so much for these pics!! isn’t amazing how they live, breed and grow. The effort and unity they have and survival skills is amazing. And they are such good parents! Haha thank you again!

  11. Pete says:

    Brilliant photos Sherry!! The Penguins in sync photo looks almost mirrored, really nice composition!!

  12. cailin says:

    Amazing photos Sherry! I hope to visit those cute guys some day! :)

  13. What a fun piece…Penguins are so funny…would love to see them in their natural environment like this…

  14. Katie says:

    So adorable! I remember the smell being pretty rank in the Galapagos too, but the cuteness of the sea lions more than made up for it. I love the photos and captions in this post – looks like an amazing experience!

  15. gorgeous photos. penguins look like one of the more ridiculous animals to be able to view up close and personal. i hope i get the chance to do this soon!

  16. Haha, baby got back! Love that one. And the whole post!

  17. Cheryl says:

    I am pretty sure penguins are the cutest animals on earth. This post is pretty much CUTE OVERLOAD.

    Great photos as always!

  18. OMG!!! They are so cute! I want one… I want one…

  19. Sonya says:

    Thanks for sharing these incredible Antarctica photos, Sherry! Penguins have been amazing me for years!

  20. Angela says:

    Omg they are TOO CUTE!

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