Despite their ungainly waddle on land, Gentoos hold the speed record underwater!
Our Expert Says… "One of the most obvious penguins that we see - I call it the "beach penguin" as it doesn't tend to go so far from shore as others. By the end of the season, the gentoo chicks are very curious and will actively approach visitors to see what they are! This makes them a really popular species with Antarctic travelers."
The Gentoo Penguin is another iconic Antarctic species, related to the other two brushtail penguins, the Adelie and Chinstrap penguins, the gentoo was first described by naturalists in 1781 when visiting the Falkland Islands. Incidentally, the Falklands gentoos are a little larger than gentoos found elsewhere, although they are not a subspecies - rather a “locality type” of the species.
Pictures of Gentoo Penguin
Highlights where the Gentoo Penguin can be seen
Arrival at Port Stanley
Wordie House, Winter Island
Danco Island, Errera Channel
Port Charcot, Booth Island
D’Hainaut Island, Mikkelsen Harbour, Trinity Island
Georges Point, Rongé Island
South Shetland Islands
King George Island
Northeast beach of Ardley Island
Our trips to spot the Gentoo Penguin