Penguin Cam: like Big Brother’s live feeds but with more intelligence

To promote its upcoming nature documentary series Frozen Planet, the Discovery Channel is broadcasting a 24/7 live feed. Unlike Big Brother‘s, however, the feed is free, and shows interaction between intelligent creatures: penguins.

Penguin Cam follows “nearly 300 penguins, representing all five Antarctic species: emperors, kings, Adées, gentoos and macaronis,” according to the network. It’s a feed from SeaWorld San Diego’s Penguin Encounter attraction, and even though I have issues with animal captivity after watching The Cove, it’s oddly compelling, particularly when a penguin takes interest in the camera and decides to break the fourth wall.

Here’s the live feed, which has audio, and the noises the penguins make is far more pleasing than, say, Rachel’s laugh.

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Andy Dehnart is a journalist who has covered reality television for more than 15 years and created reality blurred in 2000. A member of the Television Critics Association, his writing and criticism about television, culture, and media has appeared on NPR and in Playboy, Buzzfeed, and many other publications. Andy, 36, also directs the journalism program at Stetson University in Florida, where he teaches creative nonfiction and journalism. He has an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing and literature from Bennington College. More about reality blurred and Andy.