Emperor penguin chicks are very playful and inquisitive.
On our last day at the colony the Emperor penguins had moved to a place under a hill. The crew had positioned the 30-meter boundary rope alongside the hill and we, the yellow-coated penguins, were watching the spectacle below from behind the rope on top of the hill.
The chicks climbed uphill all the time to check us out, after which they were called down by the parent penguins. This behavior went on for hours.