Archive for the ‘Penguins’ Category

The devouring penguin

April 11, 2015

Passed along by Elizabeth Daingerfield Zwicky, this image from Archie McPhee’s Geyser of Awesome on tumblr:

Australian photographer Gordon Tait captured this awesome shot of an Adélie penguin attempting to devour his GoPro camera on the Antarctic ice near Casey Station

Marine mammals

March 26, 2015

Two images on Facebook recently: a Sandra Boynton drawing for Manatee Appreciation Day (March 25th, yesterday); and a wordless cartoon (on the “Mermaid Melissa” site, artist uncredited) picturing a narwhal as a unicorn in disguise):



(#2 has an actual narwhal for comparison.)



March 24, 2015

Passed on by Michael Palmer, this set of penguin images from the uber humor site (offering “funny pictures, quotes, pics, photos, images, videos of really very cute animals”):

Ah, but what’s the story?

News for penguins: the ice age

March 3, 2015

Passed on by Sim Aberson, a news bulletin (“Genetics reveals where emperor penguins survived the last ice age”) from the AAAS, beginning:

A study of how climate change has affected emperor penguins over the last 30,000 years found that only three populations may have survived during the last ice age, and that the Ross Sea in Antarctica was likely the refuge for one of these populations. The Ross Sea is likely to have been a shelter for emperor penguins for thousands of years during the last ice age, when much of the rest of Antarctica was uninhabitable due to the amount of ice. [full story here]

(A group of emperor penguins is resting and preening next to a tide crack in the ice near the Gould Bay colony.)

Emulate the penguin

February 22, 2015

Passed on to me by Eleanor Houck, this seasonal  penguin story from channel 10 in Philadelphia: “Stay Safe on Slippery Sidewaks” by Greta Iverson, beginning

The trick to balancing on slick sidewalks is to “walk like a penguin.”


The penguin of happiness

February 20, 2015

From the Cool Shirts and Hoodies Facebook page, passed on by Arne Adolfsen:

No, I don’t know where to buy a real penguin. Simulacra, sure, but real ones, no.

A forest of symbols in a time of love

February 14, 2015

Vatentine’s Day sets off an avalanche of greeting cards, from the sloppily sentimental through the joking — lots and lots of puns — to the off-color and the openly insulting. Just about any emotion you can imagine can be packaged into a Valentine’s Day card. Here’s one from a friend to me this year, with a pun (“Love you a bunch!”) and a penguin: “just a bit twee”, the sender wrote, but adding in mitigation that at least it had a penguin:


And then we get this remarkable object, a veritable forest of sexual imagery:



Flightless no more

February 9, 2015

Today’s Bizarro:

Penguins can fly.

Two Tundra cartoons on the flightlessness of penguins: #1 on 6/12/13 (“Everyone knows penguins can’t fly” — so they have to drive) and on 8/5/13 (penguin on the no-fly list).

Know your penguins

January 22, 2015

A bit late for Penguin Awareness Day, which was the 20th, but always welcome on this blog: a poster passed on to me by Chris Waigl:


Penguin chill

January 8, 2015

(Not about language.)

From Arne Adolfsen via Facebook, this wonderful image by photographer Tomasz Gudzowaty:

From the photographer:

Antarctic emperor penguins as taken on one of my last rolls of Kodachrome. From the primary colors of the Antarctic: white, gray, brown and blue, the last one has been taken out by the snowfall.


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