Emperor penguins huddle together for warmth during those punishing Antarctic storms, taking turns being at the center of the huddle. The social dynamics behind those huddles turns out to more complicated than previously thought.
African penguins have another name: “beach donkeys.” Early European explorers were said to have named them that after they followed the sound of donkey calls, only to find a coast full of birds. Now we know what these donkey calls mean.
Southern rockhopper penguins mate for life, but when biologists used light-based geolocators to track their behavior they found that pairs only spent about 20 to 30 days together each year–just enough time to mate and lay eggs.
This weird-looking thing is a Sichuan takin. It’s what happens when you let a bunch of sheep loose on the mountain ranges of Tibet for a few thousand years. It has a huge schnoz for the same reason the penguin has a unique set of feet. Find out what these unique animals have in common.
Problem solving at its most pungent: After studying thousands of hours of footage, scientists have discovered that Antarctica’s Gentoo penguins “poop on their frozen landscape to melt it, creating the ideal location to rear their young when the time comes.”
Penguins are so rad, even elephant seals like to party with them! Exhibit A: this image from October 2014, depicting king penguins and a male elephant seal* beachin’ it on South Georgia Island, deep in the Southern Atlantic. For more penguin fun, here’s a video from the official World Penguin Day page:
In this remarkable shot taken January 20, 2015, a Chinstrap penguin offers a close-up look at the distinctive marking that gives the bird its moniker. The waddling creature was photographed near the town of Villa Las Estrellas on Antarctica's King George Island.
The answer, via the New England Aquarium: "Penguins can drink salt water, but the salt is removed from their bloodstream by a salt gland behind the eyes. Then they sneeze out the salt!"
Behold, as otters and penguins at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium enjoy their custom-frozen V-Day treats. And the good people at Shedd filmed it, so that even the darkest hearts could find a reason to melt juuuuust a little on this most polarizing of holidays.
Remember when The Penguin got mad literal in Batman Returns and had his own little army of Penguins to command? Did you love it so much that you've spent the past 23 years thinking 'Oh, how I wish I could have a rocket-bearing Penguin of my own!'? Well, you're in luck. Apparently.
Observing animals in the wild while not disturbing them is a classic challenge for behavioral ecologists. But as a new study shows, the use of remotely operated robots to observe penguins and seals in their natural habitats can result in significantly lower and shorter stress responses.
While several shows settle into their second episodes of the season, Neil deGrasse Tyson lends his voice to Gravity Falls and Lost returns for one night only—on Phineas and Ferb. Plus, Star Wars Rebels premieres and Korra returns for its final season. Get all the details below!
Over on its website, the New England Aquarium has archived all of its ad campaigns from the past six years. And some of them are truly great.
The Oregon Zoo is home to some Humboldt penguin chicks. The baby birds need routine check-ups from the zoo vets, which means adorable videos for everyone.
Penguins have evolved a really neat way of staying warm. To conserve energy, they form densely packed huddles with a triangular lattice structure. What's amazing is that these packs — which can include thousands of individuals — actually move. A recent physics study shows how it's done.
Researchers from the University of Manitoba have shown that birds can either be very good at flying or swimming, but not both. And they’ve been studying a very awkward seabird to prove it.
While it looks like an unprovoked attack by zombie penguins, these are actually Falkland Gentoo penguins returning home through a sandstorm. The photograph was taken by Michael Lohmann — and it has won him the runner-up prize in the bird category of the GDT Nature Photographer of the Year 2013 prize.
In Tim Burton's Batman Returns, the Penguin outfitted his feathered minions with rocket packs so they might bomb Gotham City. But in Tim Flattery's concept art for the film, the penguins were multi-talents, wearing not just rocket packs but also buzzsaws, grenades, and extending boxing gloves.
Until last month, this group of 9,000 Emperor penguins had never seen a human being before. And no human knew about their existence either — until a satellite picked up images of their poop from space. That's right. These penguins are so populous that their waste is visible from orbit. Though they were discovered in…
Good news for penguin-enthusiasts everywhere (that's all of us, right? Good... just checking): scientists studying emperor penguin populations in Antarctica have tallied almost 600,000 of the birds waddling around the icy continent. That's around twice as many as they were expecting to find — but what's really…