This is the Rarest Penguin on Earth, and it may be the Only One of its Kind

The rarest Penguin on the surface of the planet has just been spotted on Antarctica.

New footage made available by BBC America shows what experts believe is a one-of-a-kind emperor penguin. In fact, it may be the only Penguin of its kind on Earth.

Image Credit: BBC / YouTube.
Image Credit: BBC / YouTube.

Unlike its world-famous black and white counterparts, this Penguin is covered almost in silky black feathers. Scientists say that this phenomenon is the result of a rare genetic mutation called melanism.

Melanisms which is basically the opposite of albinism (lack of pigment) causes skin, fur, and feathers to have a black color caused by a high concentration of the pigment melanin.

“This could be the first-ever footage of an all-black emperor penguin,” the clip from BBC Earth’s wildlife show “Dynasties” notes.

The one-of-a-kind Penguin is reported to be in excellent health. According to the BBC documentary, it was searching for a mate at the time of filming.

Experts note that complete melanism like this has been seen spotted by experts in king penguins, however, it is very rare in an emperor penguin, the reason why this Penguin is so special.

Emperor penguins are considered the tallest and heaviest of all penguin species. They can grow up to 48 inches (4 feet) tall and have a mass of up to 45 kg.

Antarctica is their home.

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