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Black and white and cute all over. While the African penguin may not be found in freezing temperatures, they are covered in an array of black, white, and gray dense, waterproof feathers that keep them dry and warm in the cold waters off the African coast. They also have a number of dot-like markings flecked across their white chests. These flecks help to individualize each penguin, as each penguin's feather pattern is as individual as a human's fingerprints.

One of its most distinctive features is a small pink gland above each eye, which helps them cope with high temperatures in South Africa. The hotter the penguin gets, the more blood is sent to these glands where it is cooled by the surrounding air, and keeps the animal cooler. The glands have a pinker appearance the hotter it gets.
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) chicks of different ages, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa
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00642413 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) chicks of different ages, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) parent with chick, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa
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00642406 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) parent with chick, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) chick, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa
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00642412 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) chick, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) parent with chick, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa
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00642409 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) parent with chick, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) parent with chicks, Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa
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00642401 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) parent with chicks, Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) calling, Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa
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00642394 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) calling, Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa
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00642395 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus), Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) pair, Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa
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00642396 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) pair, Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) group on beach, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa
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00642402 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) group on beach, Boulders Beach, Simon's Town, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) group, Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa
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00642397 Black-footed Penguin (Spheniscus demersus) group, Betty's Bay, Stony Point Nature Reserve, South Africa© Juergen & Christine Sohns
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