BEST ANIMAL PHOTOS OF 2017-Emperor penguins

Emperor penguins head for the open ocean in search of food. The brownish patches above them are microalgae that cling to the sea ice and start to photosynthesize in spring. The photographer’s day camp was on one of these floes. Aptenodytes Forsteri (penguins)

PHOTOGRAPH BY LAURENT BALLESTA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

Best animal photos 2017 NATGEO