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2010-10-01 06:05:00

Paleontologists have unearthed the fossilized remains of a giant penguin in Peru that lived 36 million years ago.  The discovery is the first extinct penguin ever found with preserved evidence of scales and feathers, the researchers said. The new species, dubbed Inkayacu paracasensis, or Water King, had feathers that were reddish brown and grey, distinct from the black tuxedoed look of modern day penguins.  At nearly five feet tall, the Inkayacu was one of the largest penguins ever...

2010-08-26 15:36:00

WATERBURY, Vt., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- In June, Quark Expeditions and SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment launched a travel contest that invited North Americans to share their passion for the environment. The prize is a $45,000 icebreaker expedition for two to Antarctica accompanied by SeaWorld Animal Ambassador, Julie Scardina. A week before the contest ends, the contest sponsors have announced the names of the winner selection committee. From SeaWorld, Animal Ambassador Julie Scardina,...

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2010-07-22 13:28:19

Will Adelie Penguins, attempting to cope with climate change, go extinct because they can't find food in the darkness of the Antarctic winter?  A recent paper published in the scientific journal Ecology presents this finding: Adelie Penguins need both ice and light, even just twilight, to find food in the winter. As climate change causes the winter ice to retract south into the darkness, penguins won't have what they need to survive and could ultimately face extinction as a result. ...

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2010-02-10 15:06:59

A colony of threatened penguins in South Africa have a little less too worry about after a ban has been placed on purse-seine fishing around the local region, according to marine biologists on Wednesday. The African penguin population dropped by 60 percent in the last 9 years, due to human fish trawling and climate change that is taking a toll on their local food supply. A drop in anchovies and sardines, means a drop in African penguins. There are an estimated 26,000 surviving pairs...

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2009-07-16 09:36:07

In parts of Australia, including Sydney Harbor, something is killing penguins. The bodies were covered in bite marks, and their stomachs were cut open. It is not clear what exactly is killing the penguins. Officials are ruling out humans. The bites indicate that it might be foxes, which carry their prey in their mouths and shake it, stated Sally Barnes, head of the New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. To the "Penguin Wardens," a 30-member volunteer group of penguin defenders...

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2009-07-12 11:45:00

Linda the penguin has split up two male penguins who lived as a nesting couple for six years at the San Francisco Zoo, caretakers said. Male penguins Harry and Pepper had been so content together they were allowed to incubate and hatch an egg laid by another Magellanic penguin last year, zookeeper Anthony Brown said. Of all of the parents that year, they were the best. They took very good care of their chick, Brown told the San Francisco Examiner in a story published Saturday. Enter the widow...

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2009-06-04 15:35:21

Germany's Bremerhaven zoo reports that two "gay" adult male penguins have hatched a chick and are now acting as its adoptive parents. The male penguins, Z and Vielpunkt, were given an egg that had been rejected by its biological parents, the zoo said on Wednesday. Z and Vielpunkt reported to be happily rearing the chick, which is now four weeks old. Bremerhaven zoo made headlines in 2005 when it announced plans to "test" the sexual orientation of penguins with homosexual qualities. Three...

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2009-06-02 10:20:00

Scientists often struggle to discover colonies of emperor penguins in Antarctica, but a study on Tuesday revealed how following trails of penguin poop on satellite images could lead them to the source. Antarctica has a landmass that it about one-and-a-half times larger than that of the US. To make matters worse for researchers, emperor penguins breed on sea ice, which experts predict will shrink in the future due to global warming. "We know that emperor penguins rely on sea ice to breed -...

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2009-05-20 16:10:00

Experts said Wednesday that African penguins are disappearing at an alarming rate due to depleted food stocks from commercial fishing and global warming affects on breeding patterns, The AFP reported. A statement issued after an international African penguin conference in Cape Town said: "Last year there were only about 26,000 pairs of African Penguins left in southern Africa (this represents their global population) "” a decline of about 121,000 breeding pairs since 1956." Urgent...

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2009-05-13 09:00:00

Made popular with movies like "March of the Penguins" and "Happy Feet," the penguin in reality has a mysterious life, sometimes living for months in the ocean before coming back to land. Zoologists have long wondered where the penguin, famed for its quirkiness and funny walk, goes throughout these long periods of time in the ocean. French scientists, in a study available on Wednesday, think they have the answer. A research team from National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) placed...


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Antarctic Silverfish, Pleuragramma antarcticum
2012-04-02 17:14:35

The Antarctic Silverfish, (Pleuragramma antarcticum), is a member of the Notothenioidei family of fish. It is widely distributed around the Antarctic, but has largely disappeared from the western side of the northern Antarctic Peninsula based on 2010 research funded by the National Science Foundation. It is also found throughout the Southern Ocean. It grows to an average size of 6 inches, but has been known to reach lengths of up to 10 inches. It is usually pink with a silver tint, and...

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2009-02-21 20:36:35

The Snowy Sheathbill (Chionis alba) also known as the Pale-faced Sheathbill, is a species of bird that is mostly terrestrial (ground dwelling). It is Antarctica's only permanently land-based bird species. It occurs in Antarctica, the Scotia Arc, the South Orkneys and South Georgia. The extreme southern populations migrate northward in the winter. The adult is about 15 to 16 inches long with a wingspan of 30 to 31.5 inches. It is pure white except for its bill and pink warty face. Its...

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2006-02-20 12:22:37

The Galápagos Penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is a penguin common to the Galápagos Islands. It is the only penguin to live on the equator. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Humboldt Penguin. The Galápagos Penguin occurs primarily on Fernandina Island and the west coast of Isabela Island, but small populations are scattered on other islands in the Galápagos archipelago. Galápagos Penguins grow to an average of 53 cm tall. They have...

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2006-02-20 12:10:17

The Humboldt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti) is a South American species which breeds in coastal Peru and Chile. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Magellanic Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. Thise penguin is named after Alexander von Humboldt, a naturalist and explorer who first described the animal. Humboldt Penguins are medium-sized, black and white penguins, growing to 53 cm tall. They have a black head with a white border running from behind the eye, around the...

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2006-02-20 11:55:42

The Magellanic penguin (Spheniscus magellanicus) is a South American penguin which breeds in coastal Argentina, Chile and the Falkland Islands, with some migrating to Brazil. It is the most numerous of the Spheniscus penguins. Its nearest relatives are the African Penguin, the Humboldt Penguin and the Galápagos Penguin. This medium-sized, black and white penguin grows to an average of 76 cm tall. They have a black head with a broad white border running from behind the eye, around the...

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