Friday, December 28, 2007

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Penguin Alarm Clock

Penguin Alarm Clock
(2-3/8" Tall x 2-3/8" Wide x 1" Thick)

Compact Travel Size - Battery Not Included


at Kritters in the Mailbox

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Kid Crafts: Penguin Fingerprints

A great craft for little kids:
Have the child use gray ink to make fingerprints. Add an orange beak and black eyes and wings with a marker.

Instructions from the Activity Idea Place

Kid Crafts: Penguin Hat

Instructions at

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas to all!

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Historic penguin sketches found in university basement

Two chalk drawing of penguins, sketched by legendary explorers Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton, have been discovered at Cambridge University.

The sketches which date from 1904 and 1909, are signed by the renowned polar explorers.

They were probably drawn to illustrate public lectures that the pair gave after returning from their Antarctic voyages.

The blackboards were found lying in the basement of the university's Scott polar research institute. No one is sure when they arrived or how they found their way to Cambridge.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

There's a penguin in in Dunchurch

The Lutterworth Observer reports that pranksters in Dunchurch have left their mark on the Lord John Scott statue once again.

Every year in the week before Christmas the statue in the heart of the village is given a new look, and this year it is a penguin!

In recent years the mystery culprits have kitted the Lord out in a Shrek costume, as well as dressing him as Mr Blobby, a Womble, one of the Teletubbies and Pokeman Pikachu. Last Christmas it was the turn of Postman Pat.

By the way - according to Wikipedia, Lord John Douglas Montague Scott (1809-1860) was a 19th century landlord, Scottish M.P. and younger brother to the Duke of Buccleugh.

Friday, December 21, 2007

Penguins Sculpture

Penguins Metal Sculpture
A march of penguins to embellish your home. Handmade by artisans, crafted in metal, this is a large, impressive piece that will transform a buffet or roomy mantel. Each penguin has its own distinct personality. 31½" long, 9½" high.

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Penguins for Christmas

Evelyn Lines loves chilling with the penguins in her Valley Stream living room. There's the penguin with a plate of fresh-baked cookies, two waddlers toasting marshmallows, snowboarding penguins, even a pair having a snowball fight.

All are the creations of Lines' children - Tim, 21, and Kerri, 17 - who have indulged their mother's passion for penguins by sculpting them for her for the past 12 Christmases.

"The first year I was shocked and I thought they were so cute," says Lines, 50, who works as an art teacher's aide at an elementary school. "And then the next year I was even more surprised because I didn't think that they would keep doing it. "

Since then, the penguins have become a gift tradition; they've also become more elaborate each year. Last Christmas, Kerri managed the happy feat of sculpting a penguin Nativity scene. "Usually it take about 2 1/2 to 3 hours to make the penguin, but the manger I made last year took a little longer," Kerri says.

To create the penguins, Tim and Kerri work with clay that comes in the colors they want. Once sculpted, their creations are baked in a toaster oven. After the penguins have cooled, their dad sprays each one with a clear acrylic for a nice sheen.

Lines, who admits she can't wait to see what penguins she'll get this year, wonders if her children will stop making her Christmas penguins after they move out.

No need to fear. Kerri says she'll keep on crafting them: "Oh, of course I will."

(Photo by Howard Schnapp, Freelance / December 1, 2007)

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Tennessee Aquarium Penguin Webcam Voted One Of Best Of 2007

The Tennessee Aquarium Penguins' Rock webcam has been selected by EarthCam as one of the 25 most interesting webcams of 2007. According to EarthCam, "The Penguins' Rock webcam was selected from thousands of nominees by a panel of VIP judges and EarthCam producers."

This 9th annual list includes the most unique and compelling webcams in the world. Selected from thousands of nominees, winners were judged on quality of image, uniqueness of content and overall technical achievements in webcam technology.

Thanks to the AT&T Foundation - the corporate philanthropy organization of AT&T, the Penguins' Rock webcam at the Tennessee Aquarium has been seen from the desert of Iraq to the rainforest of South America.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Video: Baby Gentoo Penguin Chick

A behind the scenes video of a 1 week old Gentoo penguin at the Shedd Aquarium.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Penguins all over the place

Many zoos and aquariums highlight penguins in their exhibits.

Meet the 21st century aquariums.

Begin at the Indianapolis Zoo with a world-class facility that completed a mega-million-dollar renovation early this year. It’s the Oceans gallery with mega-sensory experiences of sight, sound and touch, all focused on live animals. Like modern-day museums which encourage hands-on experiences, aquariums too are finding ways to make visits increasingly interactive.

As in Indy, many other locales throughout the country invite visitors to get acquainted with the waters of the world. And several feature penguins.

The Tennessee Aquarium in Chattanooga opened its “Penguins’ Rock” exhibit in May. Visitors here also find cold-weather birds.

Aviculturist Amy Graves had worked with warm-weather African penguins at the Knoxville Zoo, then found herself needing a warm jacket when she joined the Antarctic gentoos and macaronis in Chattanooga. She said the new penguins are very friendly, very big and very noisy compared to her earlier charges.

“The gentoos will walk right up to you and give you the penguin version of a ‘good morning’ or ‘how are you,’” she said.

Penguins have soared to the top of visitors’ lists at the Newport Aquarium, too, just across the Ohio River from Cincinnati. The penguin parade – at 10:15 each morning – draws a crowd. Increasingly popular is the new Penguin Encounters program which gives visitors 20 minutes of quality time with warm-weather black-footed penguins.

A similar program at Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut is equally popular. Penguins here are warm-weather birds, too. Visitors seated on floor mats meet them in an enclosed area.

“Our penguins are about 24 inches tall, and height is a big thing to them; they don’t have it,” said trainer Laurie Macha. “When they have something towering above them it naturally puts them in a defensive stance, so we try to bring everyone lower to the ground to create a neutral encounter for them.”

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Penguin Pull-a-long Backpack

Penguin Pull-a-long Backpack

Heres an adorable pull-a-long backpack that your children will adore. Your children can wear this either as a backpack or use the handle to pull their little friend along. Its a great backpack to use for overnighters, school, or even a trip to the library. All the cool little zipper compartments hold all sorts of special treasures.

Penguin Tote Bag

Penguin Tote Bag

Penguin Tote Bag is commercial quality high resolution heat transfer product. This versatile tote bag is perfect for school, errands, or trips to the beach. Comes with 12-ounce cotton twill, cotton web handles.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Video: Madagascar Penguins - Agents 007

The penguins from Madagascar play spy.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Holy Penguin

"Holy penguin" uploaded by fliepsiebieps1

There's also: Santa Penguin

Starbucks penguin cookie


Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Penguin in Santa Hat Sterling Pin

Penguin in Santa Hat Sterling Pin

Pin a touch of holiday cheer to your lapel with this adorable handmade penguin in sterling silver. Ideal as a stocking stuffer, it measures 1 1/2" tall.

Penguins of "Madagascar" Inspire Show On Nickelodeon

The penguins in DreamWorks Animation’s feature film “Madagascar” will soon find themselves the stars of a new TV show on Nickelodeon, scheduled to premiere in early 2009.

Skipper, Rico, Kowalski, and Private will star in a 26-episode series that Nickelodeon and DreamWorks Animation have agreed on.

A tentative title is at the moment “The Penguins of Madagascar,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. The show will make its debut in early 2009.

The foursome appeared in the studio’s 2005 film “Madagascar” as penguins who believe they are in fact spies, that they do not belong in the Central Park Zoo and that they need to return to Antarctica to escape the conspiracy.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Penguins at risk from melting ice

Melting ice caps in Antarctica are leaving penguins in serious trouble.

Experts say global warming is happening five times faster at the penguins' home than anywhere else on the planet.

The melting ice is destroying nesting sites and four species are said to be under threat - including the largest penguin in the world, the Emperor.

Monday, December 10, 2007

Penguin Latte Mug

16 oz. Earthenware Penguin Latte Mug Set of 4

Huddle for warmth

Trapped in a fierce blizzard whipped up by 100mph winds, 2,000 King Penguins huddle together for warmth on the island of South Georgia near Antarctica.

To survive in one of the most inhospitable environments on earth, the penguins share body heat to conserve energy and protect the youngest birds. They are gathering for their breeding season in January.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

Christmas Penguin Snowglobe

Christmas Penguin Snowglobe
Reed and Barton 2007
by Reed and Barton
Plays "Joy to the World"
Glass and Silver Plate - Gift Boxed

at Best Buy Silver

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Video: Coca Cola penguins

Coke commercial - polar bears crash a penguin party.

Penguins have lowest blood oxygen levels ever recorded

A new study suggests that emperor penguins may have a supercharged form of a blood protein that allows them to dive underwater for more than 20 minutes on a single breath.

The research showed that penguins in Antarctica return from long fishing excursions under the sea ice with the lowest blood oxygen levels ever recorded in wild animals.

With such depleted reserves, experts say, other creatures would black out and suffer tissue damage.

The finding suggests that emperors—the largest of all penguin species—may have a hyped-up version of hemoglobin, the blood protein that carries oxygen from the lungs to the body.

Friday, December 7, 2007

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Starbucks has penguins!

Plush Penguin by Starbucks® Coffee
Set of 2

at Starbucks

Crested Penguin

Wednesday, December 5, 2007

Penguin Pilot hat & mittens

Warm and cozy, all novelty knits are micro-fleece lined with 100% New Zealand wool exterior. For the little monkey in all of us, many styles are now available in kids sizes.
At DeLux Knitwear

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Antarctic Wonders Lure Cruise Tourists

This cruise season during the Southern Hemisphere summer—roughly November through February—more than 30,000 people are expected to visit the southernmost continent on 50 different ships, according to the International Association of Antarctic Tour Operators, a trade group.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Bush Administration Delays Protection of Penguins

The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice today that it intends to sue the Bush administration for delaying protection of penguins under the Endangered Species Act. In November 2006, the Center filed a petition to list 12 species of penguins as threatened or endangered under the Act the petition triggered a strict deadline that gave the government 12 months to determine whether protection is warranted for the penguins. In July, the Fish and Wildlife Service found that 10 of the species may deserve protection and began status reviews for those penguins, including the well-known emperor and rockhopper penguins. Now the government is ignoring its duty to move forward with protections for those 10 species, which are threatened by global warming.

"There's no time to wait when it comes to global warming," said Kassie Siegel, director of the Center's Climate, Air, and Energy Program. "We won't allow the Bush administration to continue to violate the law while these penguin species march toward extinction."

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Penguin Skate Dinnerware Set

Penguin Skate Dinnerware Set

Pfaltzgraff Penguin Skate 16-piece dinnerware set includes service for four. Set includes four of each - 10 1/2" dinner plates, 8" salad plates, 12-ounce soup / cereal bowls and 12-ounce mugs. Penguin Skate is a whimsical seasonal dinnerware pattern that celebrates holiday fun. This cute, yet simple holiday dinnerware pattern features five fun-loving penguins out for some winter hijinks. This white stoneware body is outlined with a simple black band around the edge of each piece and decorated with a brightly colored penguins.

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Holiday Marzipan Set

These whimsical figures of a polar bear Santa and his three penguin helpers are hand-sculpted by pastry artist Rebecca Russell. They're sure to bring holiday oohs and ahhs and a smile to any Scrooge. Use them as cake toppers, stocking stuffers or an out-of-the-ordinary gift.


Friday, November 30, 2007

Penguin Ornaments

Penguin Ornaments

Set of 4 Ornaments. This wonderful set of ornaments is made of resin, with each piece standing approximately 3 inches tall. Beautifully detailed with whimsical penguins, this item makes a great gift for any occasion!

Video: The Penguin and the Piper

In 1902 William Bruce, a scotish explorer led an expedition to the antartic. During their time there they decided to play the bagpipes to a emperor penguin to see what would happen...based on real events! Created by Aaron Johnston.

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Decorate the Christmas Tree with Penguins

Primal Lights Penguins

$12.95 at Oop!

Chocolate Penguins

Enliven your holiday celebration with a quartet of chocolate penguins, each with its own endearing personality. These whimsical sweets are handcrafted for Williams-Sonoma by an Oregon confectionery renowned for its artful chocolates. Creamy bittersweet chocolate ganache centers are enrobed in a thick layer of dark chocolate, then hand painted with white and dark chocolate. Packaged in a gift box, these captivating creatures are guaranteed to delight your favorite chocolate lovers.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

New reserve opened for rare penguin

The world's rarest penguin found only in New Zealand has a new haven thanks to DOC and the Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust.

A wildlife reserve has been opened in South Otago to protect the bird.

The yellow-eyed penguin is so rare that there are fewer than 500 breeding pairs left in the world.

Now, 50 hectares of land along a South Otago coastline has been secured to ensure the birds' future.

Photo Credit

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Ice Pix

Taranaki Daily News photographer Mike Scott is focusing his camera on Antarctica during a 10-day stint in November, as part of Antarctica New Zealand's media program. While he's staying at Scott Base, his blog creates a picture of what makes this land of ice, penguins, scientists and ordinary Kiwis tick.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Fuzzy penguin amigurumi

Send away for the crochet pattern for this cute little fuzzy guy.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Anguished penguin

A pair of penguins in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province became withdrawn and anxious after the egg they were hatching was smashed in a fight with other jealous penguins, according to sources with the Polar Museum of Harbin.

The female penguin laid an egg on Nov. 3. This led to jealousy among other penguins in the zoo, who lingered around the mother waiting for their opportunity to strike.

Jealousy finally turned to violence at about 7 p.m. Tuesday, when the female penguin was absent. A fat penguin jumped onto the hatching area, jostled away the penguin father and tried to take away the egg. The angry father immediately blocked the way of the looter. Unfortunately the egg dropped in the fight and was broken.

The saddened couple refused to eat after the tragedy and shunned their fellows. They appeared irritable and restless.

Friday, November 23, 2007

Inflatable Penguins On Sled

5 ' Air-Blown Inflatable Sleigh

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Game: Mr. Penguin

Help Mr. Penguin fly through the obstacles and save Ms. Penguin!

Game: Penguin Rush

Race your penguin to the finish line, speeding down the slopes, diving under water and speeding through ice tubes!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The nature of humans

Photo by Angie Scott. Her comment, "The captain of our Russian icebreaker wedged his ship against the ice in Antarctica’s Amundsen Sea, so we could step off. Almost immediately, a young emperor penguin appeared. We were probably the first humans it had ever seen. The picture I took is a statement on our world, its wild inhabitants and the nature of humans."

Weighing about the same as domestic sheep, emperor penguins are the largest of the penguins. To protect against the cold, they huddle together in groups. They breed during the long darkness of the Antarctic winter, but instead of building a nest the male keeps the egg on its feet, covering it with a warm fold of abdominal skin.

Entry in Shell Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Monday, November 19, 2007

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Penguin oil and vinegar set

Two cute acrylic containers which dispense through the beaks. The heads come off for refilling, but it's quite painless!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Penguin onesie for baby

If you loved March of the Penguins, you will love this Salvor long sleeved onesie. Super soft organic cotton is offset by a vibrant orange sepia-infused image of a penguin. The life-like image is beautiful and bright which is guarenteed to make you smile. This onesie features a kimono style top, so no tugging over baby's head, and a three snap closure at the crotch for easier diaper changing.

Penguin Baby Toy

Penguin Baby Toy

A popular little pal from the South Pole, this handsome tuxedo-clad fellow makes a playful noise when he rocks from side to side to amuse baby. Crafted from preservative-free rubber wood, this toy is safe for newborns.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Photokinz: Percy the Penguin

Percy the Penguin

These little guys are take-along toys with digital prowess. Each one holds more than 64 photos and is compatible with over 40 million photo-sharing websites, all digital cameras and cell phones. What makes these little furry friends great gifts is that you can fill them with wonderful memories.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Penguin Eraser

Penguin Eraser

This penguin stands just 1.25 inches tall on his tippy toes but boy does he have curb appeal. If you want a really cool surprise to stick in a backpack or to sit on your desk or computer monitor this is the penguin for you.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Penguin Promenade

King penguins explore their outdoor pen during a promenade in the park of the Zurich Zoo October 24, 2007.

Photo: REUTERS/Michael Buholzer