Everyone loves penguins. Impossibly cute as they waddle on land or take turns squatting on their eggs, penguins are also exceptional swimmers and underwater foragers, and uniquely adapted to survive in the earth’s least hospitable regions.

A new book, “Emperor: The Perfect Penguin” (ACC Art Books, $39.50) by photographer Sue Flood, documents the plight of emperor penguins as they migrate long distances across sea ice and establish breeding colonies. Flood visited Antarctica several times over a nine-year period to capture amazing images of one of the world’s most photogenic – and hardy – species.

See highlights from the new book in the slideshow above.  

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