Penguin of the Year 2022The National Aquarium of New Zealand is staging their annual Penguin of the Year competition! Fourteen penguins are in the running, most of them familiar to fans who follow them at Facebook. Last year's winner was Mo, who is known as the naughtiest penguin at the aquarium. In fact, the Penguin of the Year grew out of a running "naughty penguin of the month" sign that went viral a few years ago. Everyone loves to hear about the behavior of the penguins, whether good or bad, because it highlights how the sea birds each have their own individual personalities. You can check out a description of each penguin, and vote for your favorite bird at the contest page, which has a wonderful graphic that announces incoming votes in real time from all over the world. Votes will be taken through Monday (September 12) at 10PM New Zealand time. The winner will be announced on Wednesday the 14th. -via Metafilter(Image credit: National Aquarium of New Zealand) #penguin #NewZealand #penguinoftheyear
Penguins and Otters at Hakone-en Aquarium in Japan Aren't Happy About Having to Cut Back Due to InflationInflation does not only affect humans but animals too!Because of inflation, Japan's Hakone-en Aquarium had to undergo cost-cutting methods such as changing the diet of the animals and reducing the number of circulation pumps. As mentioned, the diet of these penguins has, according to the penguins, been drastically altered. The penguins and otters were used to being fed with aji (horse mackerel). The aquarium, however, switched to a cheaper alternative, saba (mackerel).Since they were used to being fed with aji, the penguins clearly did not like being fed with saba. The penguins were captured in images turning away haughtily. This change is not a choice that the aquarium did happily; it is the aquarium's natural response to inflation. The aquarium needs to be able to accommodate the diets of  32,000 or more animals. Save the economy! Save the penguins!Image credit: TV Asahi ​#Penguin #Aquarium #Japan #Inflation #Economy​
Aquarium Discovers Penguins Can Be Picky EatersCat owners know the pain of picky eating. Try swapping out a store brand cat food for their Fancy Feast and be ready to feel the wrath of your spoiled pet as he shows his disdain. It turns out that cats aren't the only animals that act this way. To deal with inflated prices, an aquarium in Japan is gradually cutting back on the quality of food for their animals. Some of the residents are having none of it. Hakone-en Aquarium, in the Kanagawa prefecture, switched out 10% of the usual fatty aji, also known as Japanese horse mackerel, for the cheaper saba to feed the penguins, seals, and otters in May. They had planned to use the cheaper fish at 30-40% by July. However, the penguins know the difference, and some have refused to eat the less expensive fish. They aren't shy about showing their displeasure, either! The more discriminating birds aren't going without. For those who refuse to eat the cheaper fish, accommodations have been made so that they get their daily nutrition. Picky eating for the win! -via Fark#penguin #otter #fish #aquarium #diet
Winners of the 2021 World Nature Photography AwardsWe live in a beautiful world full of wholesome moments. But this world also has its share of terrifying moments and pictures, which remind us that the world can be dark. This image of a leopard seal trying to eat a Gentoo penguin is a great example. Amos Nachoum took this photo on a remote island off the Antarctic Peninsula during the low tide in the area.Nachoum's image, titled "Facing Reality" won the grand prize of The 2021 World Nature Photography Awards. Also handed to him was the World Nature Photographer of the Year title. Nachoum wrote:For hours, I waited for the low tide to arrive along a shallow lagoon on a remote island off the Antarctic Peninsula. Like clockwork, the leopard seal arrived in the lagoon just before low tide. It put its head in the water and looked just like a rock sitting in the receding water. The young Gentoo penguins only dare to enter the water when it is shallow and when they got close enough to the seal, it turned its head at lightning speed, catching one of the penguins by its feet and taking it to deep water. Once the seal reached open water, I followed it and swam parallel to it, observing its actions. To my surprise, it let go of the penguin twice. Each time, the seal chased after the penguin again, as if it was enjoying the game. The terrified penguin tried to escape as the game continued. But soon, the end came.As I said before, we live in a beautiful world, as shown by the other pictures submitted in the competition, like this picture of macaques enjoying each other's warmth.Here are some of the pictures from the 2021 World Nature Photography Awards. You may also submit photos to the website for this year's competition.Image: Amos Nachoum#Nature #Photography #Animals #WorldNaturePhotographyAwards #penguin #GentooPenguin #seal
The Funniest Animals From the 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography AwardsThe Comedy Wildlife Photography Awardscompetition has just released their 2021 finalists for the world's funniest animals, so how could we not post it on Supa Fluffy?The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards competition was started 7 years ago back in 2015 by wildlife photographer Paul Joynson-Hicks MBE. Tom Sullam and Michelle Wood joined in afterwards and the founders grew the online award to a tradition that people all over the world look forward to every year.In addition to photographs, this year's competition also has funny animals caught on video. This one above is from "Hugging best friend after lockdown" by Rahul Lakhmani.More than 7,000 photographs were submitted to the competition and a total of 42 photographs were selected as finalists. The category and overall winners will be announced on October 22, 2021.#FunnyAnimals #ComedyWildlifePhotographyAwardTake a look at our favorite funny animals and finalists 2021 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards below:
Top 25 Animal Photos of CEWE Photo Awards 2021With over 606,000 photos from 170 countries submitted, the CEWE Photo Award 2021 is the biggest photo competition in the world. This year's competition motto of "Our world is beautiful," is brought to life by the winning photos in 10 categories.We're mesmerized by the shortlisted photos in the Animal category (of course, this is Supa Fluffy after all).The category winner, a herd of elephant titled "Der Clan kuschelt" or "The clan cuddles" by German photographer Josef Schwarz is shown above. The photo shows a clan of elephant huddling together, with the smallest elephants protected in the middle of the group.Take a look below at the rest of the shortlisted photos in the Animal category of the CEWE Photo Award 2021.#CEWEPhotoAward2021 #photography #AnimalPhotography #elephant