“Penguins are some of the most improbable animals on the planet,” explains science writer Carl Zimmer in 2005.
“They have wings and feathers but cannot fly. They are not fish, but they have been recorded as deep as 1,755 feet underwater. And the most improbable is the emperor penguin, which waddles across 70 miles of Antarctic ice to reach its breeding grounds.”
They lead a challenging, ever-changing life in the harsh cold, enduring -30℃ to -60℃ temperatures. The Headspace video above ruminates on impermanence and the unbelievable adaptation of the emperor penguin as a species. Learn more about the lifecycle of this iconic bird.
Watch more videos about penguins and mindfulness, including:
• How does huddling help penguins stay warm?
• How does a penguin launch itself from the sea?
• Snow chicks venture onto the ice and into the huddle
• Giant prehistoric penguins + how penguins moved from sky to sea
• Japan’s 72 Micro-Seasons of Impermanence
• “Meditation is all about practice,” two animal-themed animations for all ages