Photo Of Two Penguins Comforting Each Other After Losing Their Partners Melt Hearts At Ocean Photography Awards

Salena Harshini |Dec 25, 2020

Photos of widowed penguins comforting each other with an embrace win praise from social media users who say it's the 'cutest thing they've ever seen'.

A photographer has snapped a touching moment of two penguins who found peace in each other’s embrace after the losing their partners. The widowed fairy penguins met at night and can be seen standing “flipper in flipper”. They were gazing at the glistening Melbourne skyline in the pic that broke millions of hearts over the world.

Feathered friends in Melbourne, Australia

As per Tobias Baumgaertner who is the photographer, the penguin on the left is a male penguin while the white one is female. They both lost their partners. He also added that the two often meet up and stand there, comforting one another for hours.

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The birds had both been widowed, as claimed by the photographer

Baumgaertner has bagged the Ocean Photography Awards’ community choice prize after this image was published. It was captured in St Kilda.

The shot of these two little friends was passed on by thousands of people after the photographer shared it in March on Instagram.

He wrote on his account,

“These two fairy penguins poised upon a rock overlooking the Melbourne skyline were standing there for hours, flipper in flipper.”

“A volunteer approached me and told me that the white one was an elderly lady who had lost her partner, and apparently so did the younger male to the left.”

Tobias Baumgaertner also explained that he had spent three nights with the penguin colony prior to snapping the image.

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The photos of the penguins have won hearts from all continents

For those who want to know more, here is what he added in his statement.

"Since then they meet regularly, comforting each other and standing together for hours, watching the dancing lights of the nearby city."

"While all the other penguins were sleeping or running around, those two seemed to just stand there and enjoy every second they had together, holding each other in their flippers and talking about penguin stuff.

"Pain has brought them together. I guess sometimes you find love when you least expect it. It's a privilege to truly love someone, paradisiacal when they love you back."

How people reacted

Here is how some of the netizens reacted on the photos"

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After the pictures were shared on the Twittersphere, they also quickly began trending. The tweets swiftly got a hundred thousand likes as well as retweets. The photo did touch a lot of hearts out there.

The overall winner of the test which was held by Oceanographic Magazine was Nadia Aly. The topper took the photo of mobula raying off Mexico’s Baja California Sur.

The six final winners whipped out over three thousand competition submissions and bagged prizes across seven awards.

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