Penguins are great wanderers. Many species travel hundreds or even thousands of miles in the course of a year moving between feeding grounds and breeding colonies. And sometimes, they get lost. That’s what happened to an Antarctic Emperor Penguin that turned up in New Zealand this week. Apparently the young bird is doing well, except that it has eaten some sand. While getting lost is usually bad for individual penguins, their penchant for roaming has benefited them over evolutionary time. In the past 60 million years, penguins have bounced between continents to form new colonies more than 20 times. As such wide dispersals often lead to speciation, we have wanderlust (or poor navigation) to thank for the diversity of penguin species we enjoy today.
Read the whole story here: http://www.cbc.ca/news/offbeat/story/2011/06/21/penguin-emperor-newzealand.html