Captain Scott’s 100-Year Legacy

Despite none of them making it home, the scientific legacy of Captain Scott and his team remains strong 100 years on. Here are just a few of the discoveries that can be traced back to Scott’s tragic Antarctic expedition. 2011 marks the 100-year anniversary of Robert Falcon Scott’s doomed quest to be the first to […]

Not-so-happy feet

If a human stopped feeding their child for 5 months it would soon be a matter of national news and public outcry. However, it seems King Penguins don’t mind if their children go hungry, in fact, they leave them for months on end. New research from the University of Strasbourg has shown that King Penguin […]

Rockhoppers at Risk

I must apologise for posting another penguin-themed blog post. However the latest plight of the endangered northern rockhopper penguin has been somewhat overshadowed by the events in Libya and Japan and so I thought they deserved this small piece of attention. On March 16th the MS Olivia ran aground on Nightingale Island which lies to […]

Plight of the Penguins

I realise that our blogs have been somewhat penguin-heavy this week and I can assure you that this was in no way planned (at least not on my behalf). I had originally intended this blog to be about the 25th anniversary of the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster. However, faced with the prospect of being branded […]

Science Behind the Photo #3

This picture is of a family of penguins living on Magdelena Island, just off the coast of Southern Chile. The new members of a 65,000 strong colony, seen above, initially weigh 100g each. But, in this image they are approximately 6 weeks old and are beginning to leave the nest for short periods. After only 8 weeks they will […]

Giant Penguin Discovered in Peru

The dulcet tones of Morgan Freeman and the journey of the Emperor penguins warmed the hearts of millions following the release of March of the Penguins. However, the evolutionary trail of the species is equally as interesting. A new study, published in the journal Science, tells of the discovery of a ‘Giant Penguin’ fossil discovery with implications […]

Pick up a Penguin

Buin Zoo is a marine rescue centre. This happened completely by accident thanks to a single penguin which was found washed up on a beach at Punta Arenas. It was a King Penguin, dying from a bite on the chest by a leopard seal. The locals who found it did the only thing they could […]

Penguin bands

You wake up.  There’s a glorious moment of tranquillity as the world slowly begins to reshape and you realise, aaah, it’s Sunday.  Then, like a burly-but-affable, check-shirted, sledgehammer-wielding navvy, last night hits. What did I…?  Who did I…?  How did it…? You sit up and another brief triumph shatters as the brick in your brain […]