Visitor Picture: African Penguin
Visitors to the Aquarium snap some amazing pictures, and sometimes we just have to share them. This picture of an African penguin (Spheniscus demersus
) really shows off their countershading colors—white on the tummy and black on the back.
This fancy camouflage helps penguins blend while swimming. Just imagine you're in the water with them. Countershading works from above by blending the penguin's black back into the dark ocean bottom and from below by blending the white belly into the bright surface of the water.
So it's not a tuxedo after all. Come see the penguins' dapper camouflage at the Aquarium! http://goo.gl/Vi128z #penguins #camouflage #animalfacts