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Penguins: Spy in the Huddle

Episode 3 | Growing Up

As their chicks become increasingly independent, emperor and rockhopper parents place them in a crèche and go fishing. Humboldt chicks are left in their burrows as the adults head for the beach. As the young grow bigger and preen out baby fluff they sport punk hairdos. Emperor chicks go skating while rockhopper chicks practice jumping […]

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle

Bright Penguin, Big City

Did you enjoy watching the first two episodes of NATURE’s Penguins: Spy in the Huddle? Tune into PBS on Wednesday, October 8th, 2014 at 8/7c for the third and final episode in the series. In the meantime, check out a short film that answers the question: “What would happen if one of the robotic penguins […]

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle

Episode 2 | First Steps

Watched by spycams, newborn emperor penguins in Antarctica are caught walking on their mothers’ feet and taking their own first unsteady steps. On the Falklands, rockhopper chicks meet their unruly and predatory neighbors while eggcams provide unique views of the colony. In Peru, Humboldt chicks take on fur seals and take aim at gulls.

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle

Episode 1 | The Journey

Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds. Rockhoppers brave the world’s stormiest seas only to come ashore and face a daunting assault up a 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Tropical Humboldt penguins negotiate predatory sea lions and vampire bats to reach their desert nests. The hard work […]

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle

Baby Emperor Penguin Emerges from Shell

An emperor dad stands watch as a penguin hatchling pecks its way free. For the past two months, the father has done nothing but care for the egg,

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle

Rockhopper Penguins Make Landfall

Rockhopper penguins brave crashing waves to reach their breeding grounds in the Falkland Islands. They appear at the same time each year, traveling 650 kilometers (404 miles) from their fishing grounds off the coast Argentina.

Penguins: Spy in the Huddle

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For nearly a year, 50 animatronic cameras disguised as realistic life-size penguins, eggs and rocks infiltrate penguin colonies to record the tough challenges penguins face from the moment they emerge from the sea to raising their chicks and finally returning to the water. The intimate, emotional, and sometimes amusing behavior of nature’s most devoted parents […]