What Are They Thinking? 2 Curious Penguins Caught on Camera Taking a Selfie
Two penguins are quickly gaining fame from their big screen debut.
When Australian Antarctic expeditioner Eddie Gault left his camera on the ice, two Emperor Penguins seized the opportunity for a selfie.
The video was captured by the Auster Rookery near Australia’s Mawson research station.
#Penguin #selfie offers bird’s eye view of life in Antarctica! Curious Emperors have been captured on film at the Auster Rookery near Australia’s Mawson research station by expeditioner 📷 Eddie Gault pic.twitter.com/MYle5Fshc7— Antarctic Division (@AusAntarctic) March 8, 2018
Some people on Twitter tried to guess what the penguins were thinking.
It actually looks like they're about to drop the hottest mixtape of all time pic.twitter.com/ia64ehDJ4S— chels (@_chelseasmile_) March 8, 2018
At the end of the video it looks like:— Laurie Faris (@FarisLaurie) March 8, 2018
"What is that thing?"
"I don't know! Do you know?"
"No! Hey! Anybody know what this is over here? Anybody? Who knows what this is? No one? No, nope, nuh-uh!"🐧🐧📷😉😊
Some gave some selfie advice.
looks like they´re gods and figured that they did a mistake on the creation of the watcher lol— ]-W4r7h0g-[ (@W4r7h0g) March 9, 2018
But most seem like their fans of the duo.
Bad double chin angle. #selfie101— David Stehle (@davidstehle) March 8, 2018
I for one, welcome our new penguin overlords— Doc Martin (@docmartin_aus) March 9, 2018
Best selfie of 2018. Smile you're on candid camera. 😃— Di Christofferson (@mauidi) March 9, 2018
OMG I looooooooove it, put a smile on my face today.— truthseekr (@lightoftruth808) March 8, 2018
I have a recurring nightmare that starts kinda like this...— A Jacob Cord 程信哲 (@ScurvyJake) March 8, 2018
THANK YOU!!!! I needed that. ❤️— The Mean Progressive (@MeanProgress) March 8, 2018
Others teased at a lawsuit over the rights to another animal selfie taken by a monkey in 2011.
Waiting for PETA to send a lawsuit for copyrights on the images pic.twitter.com/vrZewY6vlK— Steph Scott (@thereikinurse) March 8, 2018
Do the penguins own the rights? Will they benefit financially?— Ellen melchiondo (@EllenmelchEllen) March 8, 2018
And here comes #peta to sue the Eddie— SpikePoptart (@SpikePoptart) March 8, 2018
According to the Australian Antarctic Division, Emperor penguins are naturally curious animals.
The Emperor Penguin is the largest penguin species on the planet measuring up to almost four feet tall and can weigh from 70 to 90 pounds. In the past, there was a species of penguin similar to the Emperor Penguin that weighed up to 220 pounds. These penguins, however, became extinct several tens of thousands of years ago.
In the wild, they can live 15-20 years in frigid temperatures that their fat layers and several layers of scale-like feathers protect them from.
Unfortunately, because this species resides on pack ice and surrounding aquatic areas, climate change affects their population. They are currently listed as "near threatened."