Penguins: Spy in the Huddle, A Nature Special Presentation Previous Broadcasts

Growing Up (Episode #103H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 21, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

As their chicks become increasingly independent, emperor and rockhopper parents place them in a creche and go fishing. Humboldt chicks are left in their burrows as the adults head for the beach. As the young grow bigger and preen out baby fluff they sport punk hairdos. Emperor chicks go skating while rockhopper chicks practice jumping skills. Eventually all the chicks leave for the sea, tackling the same hazards as their parents before them, from sea lions to predatory birds, high cliffs to glaciers.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 22, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

First Steps (Episode #102H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 14, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

Watched by spycams, newborn emperor penguins in Antarctica are caught walking on their mothers' feet and taking their own first unsteady steps. On the Falklands, rockhopper chicks meet their unruly and predatory neighbors while eggcams provide unique views of the colony. In Peru, Humboldt chicks take on fur seals and take aim at gulls.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 15, 2017 -- 3:00 AM

The Journey (Episode #101H)

KQED Life: Tue, Nov 7, 2017 -- 9:00 PM

Emperor penguins cross a treacherous frozen sea to reach their breeding grounds. Rockhoppers brave the world's stormiest seas only to come ashore and face a daunting assault up a 300-foot cliff, hopping most of the way up. Tropical Humboldt penguins negotiate predatory sea lions and vampire bats to reach their desert nests. The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch.

Repeat Broadcasts:

  • KQED Life: Wed, Nov 8, 2017 -- 3:00 AM
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