115/365 – Meditation Games #115 – Penguin Parent Rockstars
Launcher Quote: “They say out of the thousands of calls from the colony, a penguin’s parent can recognize their own child. Meet the strongest penguin I know, the Adelies. Let the mountains guide you. Happy World Penguin Day!
“Ang hindi marunong lumingon sa pinanggalingan, hindi makakarating sa paroroonan.” JR”
Every so often we’re reminded of the fact that there are animals out there that do interesting things in nature that they see as perfectly normal but which we find fascinating in our study of them. For those that aren’t always in nature every day, and surrounded by more modernism and technology than we can shake a stick at, being shown or reminded of the fact that nature still has wonderful things to show us and to perhaps teach us is one of the best things that we can have put in the back of our minds.
Out of those reminders, perhaps the ones from animals who typically live in the arctic region are most interesting, which is why today’s entry on penguins is of interest to me. The Adelies, the penguin which Gwen chooses to focus on for the duration of the game, are known to be the strongest and most resilient, and with good reason. They are some of the most numerous, but they’re also some of the most willful of species around in the area. They’ve been documented to be like children or old men, full of curiosity and fully knowledgeable of their own self-importance, and most of all, smart enough to find their child in a sea of penguin youth if they happen to be parent. Having to maneuver the parent penguin around as I homed in on the younger penguin was an experience that, even though I might feel confident in doing as a human, would probably feel a bit more intimidating as a penguin due to how alike and numerous they are. Having that in combination with seeing how they walk was a treat to behold.
I think it’s important to have these reminders and these displays of natural talent by species like penguins because as humans, sometimes we get wrapped up at being at the top of the food chain, so to speak, thinking that we don’t have much to learn from animals because we’re ultimately on many levels more intelligent and skilled and capable. But that doesn’t mean that nature can’t show us a thing or two or display how animals are actually better at us at some things despite all our advantages – for the penguins, that would be living in a climate that I would probably not last more than 10 minutes in, if not the talent at singling out one’s young. Being informed that there was a World Penguin Day seemed to reinforce this message, and I was pleased to get educated about it, and about animals that can still amaze me.