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Tag: penguins

  • Friday, July 10th 2020 - 07:14 UTC

    Mint launches South Georgia 50-penny coins depicting Chinstrap penguins

    Chinstrap penguins are often referred to as “stonebreaker” or “stone-cracker” penguins,” as their screech is so piercing that some say it could break stones.

    Penguins continue to be a popular motif for the Pobjoy Mint, which has just launched a new series of 50-penny coins depicting the flightless birds. The first coin in the 2020 50-penny coin series on behalf of South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands features the chinstrap penguin.

  • Saturday, January 25th 2020 - 09:57 UTC

    Falklands' January storm causes massive loss of Rockhopper penguin chicks

    The colony is at the south west end of Sea Lion. Rockhopper penguins are among the smaller species of penguin: at full growth, they are about 20 inches in height. (Pic M. Reeves)

    84% of Rockhopper chicks on Sea Lion Island have died as a result of a storm that hit the Falkland Islands on January 14/15. Strong easterly winds on the island, which lies southeast of East Falklands, launched sea spray on to the colony for more than 48 hours, to deadly effect, said owner Mickey Reeves.

  • Saturday, November 30th 2019 - 06:44 UTC

    Swimming with penguins and whales off Antarctica Peninsula

    Antarctica, a land of adventure without rulers, is “like the heart of the Earth”, according to Marcelo Leppe, director of the Chilean Antarctic Institute.

    “It's like getting stabbed,” a tourist exclaims as he plunges into the three degree Celsius water, all under the intrigued gaze of a group of penguins. All around Half Moon Island, off the Antarctic Peninsula, blocks of ice of all sizes float by on a calm sea, their varying forms resembling weightless origami shapes.

  • Friday, May 10th 2019 - 09:50 UTC

    Vital role of penguins and seals poo for Antarctica bio-diversity

    A study found the influential excrement supported thriving communities of mosses and lichens, which in turn sustained vast numbers of microscopic animals

    For more than half a century, biologists studying Antarctica focused their research on understanding how organisms cope with the continent's severe drought and the coldest conditions on the planet. One thing they didn't really factor in, however, was the role played by the nitrogen-rich droppings from colonies of cute penguins and seals - until now.

  • Thursday, April 25th 2019 - 10:38 UTC

    World Penguin Day: raise awareness with the hashtag #WorldPenguinDay

    According to the State of Antarctic Penguins Report 2017, there is estimated to be 12 million penguins

    World Penguin Day is observed annually on April 25 recognizing the aquatic birds. In the world, there are 17 species of penguins with Southern hemisphere as their natural habitat. April 25 was chosen as World Penguin Day as it marks the date when Adelie penguins begin their migration northward toward Antartica.

  • Thursday, April 25th 2019 - 09:30 UTC

    Thousands of emperor penguin chicks died in 2016 destroyed by severe weather, reports a BAS team

    It is possible even from 800km up to spot the animals' excrement, or guano, on the white ice and then to estimate the likely size of any gathering.

    Thousands of emperor penguin chicks drowned when the sea-ice on which they were being raised was destroyed in severe weather. The catastrophe occurred in 2016 in Antarctica's Weddell Sea. Scientists say the colony at the edge of the Brunt Ice Shelf has collapsed with adult birds showing no sign of trying to re-establish the population.

  • Tuesday, January 8th 2019 - 09:15 UTC

    Magellanic penguins: among the most faithful couples in animal kingdom

    Published in the journal Current Biology, it sheds fresh light on the extraordinary lifestyle of the Magellanic penguins, commonly found around the Falkland Islands

    Mark Waghorn, writing for The London Economic, and based on a paper on Magellanic penguins published in the January edition of Current Biology, gives us access to some fascinating facts about this breed which is most common along the Atlantic Patagonia coast and the Falkland Islands.

  • Monday, September 17th 2018 - 08:37 UTC

    Falkland Islands Seven (and main) Wonders for Visitors: the spectacular wildlife

    King Penguins led the wonder list, having polled some 2.500 visitors from 30 different countries

    Perhaps fittingly the King Penguin was chosen as number one in the Falkland Islands Tourist Board’s (FITB) 7 Wonders of the Falklands survey. Over the last three months FITB has asked past and present visitors to the Islands, as well as residents, what they would consider to be their seven wonders.

  • Tuesday, September 4th 2018 - 08:34 UTC

    Falklands' penguins at risk from Brexit and an end to EU conservation funding

    By leaving the EU, Falklands will lose access to a million Euros in potential environmental grants and another 5 million Euros from the Best program

    The Falkland Islands have warned that a million penguins are at risk from a funding black hole caused by Britain’s exit from the European Union. The Islands rely on European conservation projects to care and protect the penguin colonies, rookeries, in its shores. But with the U.K. fast approaching Brexit Day in March 2019, Falklands' lawmaker Teslyn Barkman has urged clarity on the future of Islands’ flippered friends.

  • Thursday, April 26th 2018 - 08:26 UTC

    “World Penguin Day”: funny on land and graceful and rapid in the sea

    Volunteer Point on the Falkland Islands is the world’s largest accessible king penguin colony with 1000 pairs of breeding penguins.Pic by Derek Pettersson

    April 25th is “World Penguin Day”, undoubtedly the world’s most popular bird – think of Happy Feet, March of the Penguins, Pingu just to name a few uses in popular culture. These charismatic flightless birds are funny to watch on land but are graceful and rapid in water. They occur only in the seas of the Southern hemisphere; there are seventeen species of penguin ranging from the Galapagos to Antarctica.