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March of the King Penguins

U of T alum Maria Clauss meets some of the locals in sub-Antarctic South Georgia

Four king penguins walking on mossy grounds in South Georgia.

Photo: Maria Clauss, 2013

For U of T alumna Maria Clauss (BSc 1989 UC), one of the perks of working as a biology lecturer is the chance to journey to Antarctica and the Arctic every year. At a beach in South Georgia, she once observed hundreds of king penguins coming out of the water and walking toward their colony. She captured a photo of four adults strutting past in the early morning light – without land-based predators on the sub-Antarctic island, they were wholly unafraid of humans.

“My goal is to take aesthetically pleasing photographs that illustrate the beauty of nature,” says Clauss, whose “Misty Fjords” took second place in the Places/Things category in our 2016 photo contest. Her photos often appear in exhibitions, and are an essential resource for her lectures. 

Visit her website to view more photos.


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