Listen: Antarctica, Emperor Penguin England, UK discussed on Here & Now
"That got separated from their parents and their parents looking for Young Nando with these these enormous gullies that had formed and Lots of birds at the bottom of these gullies and it was a real unique situation because they haven't been chased in there by Predator and if they would have died down that there were no other animals in Antarctica at that time of year which would have benefited did from feeding on a dead penguins so we thought long and hard. We watched what was happening and then we decided to give a helping hand and we took them a shallow around we gave them. I'm an option. We didn't help them directly but fortunately they decided to use it and they saved themselves. Yeah you know it's really easy you can hear it in. My voice is to attach human emotions to penguins. But you spent a lot of time filming them. Would you say you saw moments of genuine emotion. Yeah absolutely I remember the first couple of penguins. We saw they do they turn around and walk away and you could mistake them for people in suits that you know that big animals and they you yeah you can't help it. And then monogamous today. They pair up new week season. They don't go back to their old partner but still that bond the strength of bondage just incredible but they they needed to get that chick through the most horrendous conditions on earth and and get to a stage where it can look after itself and fledged so it is is important. There was one moment in your book. You had just arrived in Antarctica and you were sitting on the ice and a group of penguins saw you and your partner her and came right on up to you with no fear. And I'm thinking about those moments of genuine emotion and friendliness. How how would you describe that in their interactions with you guys? Well yeah that was. I'll never forget that because I've never actually seen a penguin before not even zoo back in the UK and yeah. We took our first trip out onto the ice and and very quickly. This group of Penguin spotted us and a lot of these birds that we were filming had probably never seen a human before. So there's no no real reason to be afraid of us. Yeah they dropped to their bellies and Toboggan dry over and I must have got within a couple of feet and they stood up and did that Their classic bow and then the amazing trumpet call just went right through me. It was just to hear it out in the wild was was something something else. We obviously had rules to stick to you when we were filming about distances but they were very hard to follow when each day. You'd set the camera up and you turn around and the beer three asleep sleep next to it and yeah yeah they. I like to think that they liked our company as much as we like. Yeah why do you think we care about penguins so so much. There's so many stories about them films documentaries. We can't get enough of their stories. No I know and it's it is strange strange and I think beforehand I was like everybody else. I've never seen one but there was just something about them. Everybody across the world knows what an Emperor Penguin looks like. It's just got to be one of those animals and when the chicks were born. They are the cutest things I've ever seen. It's very easy to see why alarm children's toys based around baby emperor Penguin chicks but so few people get to see 'em preserve especially because so far south. Get see them in the wild. You know the life cycle of the Emperor Penguin England is so unique. It's so dependent on the ice forming at a particular time. And you touched on this in your book. It makes them particularly vulnerable to climate change. Do you worry about their future. Yeah absolutely not for the species. At the moment it's more their habitat because they're relying on the ocean freezing reasoning the very few emperors whichever touch land they spend their life on the sea and even when they're breeding there on a frozen ocean so they're not effectively on land and they need need. That is for as long as possible so that it will form in the autumn when the conditions get cold enough and then it will melt away the next spring and summer and if that generation isn't long enough for them to lay their eggs the eggs to hatch and the chicks to get to a certain stage then very quickly. I think we'll start to lose them. So Oh yeah if the planet continues to wall then I think penguins are going to be the first to get hit. Do you think you'll ever go back to Antarctica. Well it's funny because a lot of people save board of emperors now and absolutely no. It's funny it's probably the the Animal I've seen the most of in my life. I've been seeing them at all it before. But there's a real chance I'll never ever see another one and that's a tricky thing to take so I like to think I'll I'll get a short summer trip down there and film them during the summer when I can get in and out without having to stale winter but I'll definitely not being another winter. I absolutely loved it but I've lived my Dream Team now and it wouldn't be fair on family so fingers crossed. I get another chance. Are you telling your family now. Stories About Ping Lindsey our little baby boy all the time. I've got two boys now and penguins are a big part of their lives. So I'll have to do my best to try and show them."