Frank S. Todd is the leading world expert on all things penguin, and other birds. I had a question I’ve been wanting to ask during his lectures but since he’s such a penguin lover, I thought I would wait for a better place a time.
After dinner at the Polar Bear lounge/bar where Frank stationed himself at his usual spot and downed three whiskeys later, I thought the right time has come.
“So Frank,” I asked, “what does penguin tastes like?”
He looked at me dead in the eye with an expression as stern as the rocks the penguins make their nests on. I thought, maybe I should’ve waited for a few more whiskeys.
“When the helicopter landed it took a few out so we couldn’t let them go to waste. Penguins taste like seal, or whale.”
Really, is this guy joking? How in the world would I know the flavor reference to whale or seal. And why were you eating those anyway, the boat ran them over? As usual my face gave away how confused I was.
“They were fishy and don’t taste good.” He concluded.
Got it, mystery solved.
I don’t think anyone can not like a penguin, even the mean, pebble stealing ones. From our Antarctic trip we were able to observe three species of penguins. Some facts about penguins:
- They are birds.
- They mate for life but if one can’t find the other in time during breeding season…a neighbor will do.
- Mom and pop take turns to incubate the egg(s) and also to raise the chick(s).
- Penguins have not been found to crossbreed.
- Penguin chicks have 50% survival rate.
- The ocean is their home, land is just something they use for breeding.
And here are my favorite penguins, they are the most curious of all…
These penguins like to stay in colder temperature and is not as often seen in the peninsula. They don’t have the orange accent like the Gentoo and no strap like the Chinstrap. We managed to see a few stranglers hanging out and a chick as well.
Repetitive routes the penguins take between their nest and the water create these trails that we referred to as “penguin highways.” There’s usually one for coming and one for going.
Sometimes it’s so deep it’s more like a trench.
In Love with Antarctic Blues: Ice, Glaciers, Skies and Water
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