Posted on May 3, 2012
Posted on January 26, 2012
If you thought the Giant Petrel was a little scary, let me tell you about the Skua. Skuas are one of the top predators here. They’re quite good at what they do, too, and get a reputation for being a bit evil. Some individuals, for example, have been caught pecking out the eyeballs of penguin chicks. Rather than eating them on the spot, the skuas leave these chicks wandering around helpless, ensuring a fresh supply of easy-to-catch meat throughout the entire Antarctic summer. Yup, skuas are pretty easy to hate… until you see BABY SKUAS, which are even cuter than penguin chicks. I mean, c’mon. Look at this lil guy. He’s like a real-life marshmallow Peep!
Posted on January 25, 2012
Posted on January 24, 2012
Now don’t get me wrong, I’ve met plenty of six-foot wingspans before. Heck, there are folks on UNC’s basketball team with wingspans much wider than that. I don’t think any of them have big, pointy beaks, though, and I’m also pretty sure none of them have ever eaten a penguin or seal. Meet the Giant Petrel: closest thing I’ve ever seen to a pterodactyl.
Posted on January 11, 2012
Posted on January 9, 2012
Posted on December 30, 2011
Posted on December 22, 2011
I bet you came here looking for a super cute picture of a sleepy penguin chick. Busted! Well check out this freaky factoid in photo form: Adelie penguin tongues have spikes. SPIKES! Creepy little dino-beaks with spiky tongues.
If you must know, their tongues have spikes to better catch and devour krill.
Posted on December 21, 2011
This is where I live. Not bad, eh?
…on top of the bar is a crow’s nest of sorts, accessible by ladder, and from it you get a stellar 360-degree view. Yup, that’s still sunshine at midnight. 11:45pm – 2:00am is one big sunsetrise, and everything else is daytime. Here’s an annotated version of the panorama, just to give you a lil tour of the important stuff:
Posted on November 2, 2011