Friday, December 28, 2007
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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
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 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
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
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
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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
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 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
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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
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
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
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
Saturday, December 8, 2007
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
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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
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
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
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.