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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Do penguins fly when they're kicked?

Eyes Open
Day has begun
My blogging is quick
Because I’m on the run …

Captain Kathy McCullough sent me gorgeous photos she’d taken of penguins in Antarctica and shared a bit of penguin wisdom. I can always count on my friends to inspire, motivate, educate, and make me laugh. Thank you Kathy! 


Photo taken by: Kathy McMullough

Did you ever wonder why there are no dead penguins on the ice in Antarctica  - where do they go?   

Wonder no more!

It is a known fact that the penguin is a very ritualistic bird which lives an extremely ordered and complex life.

The penguin is very committed to its family and will mate for life, as well as maintaining a form of compassionate contact with its offspring throughout its life.

If a penguin is found dead on the ice surface, other members of the family and social circle have been known to dig holes in the ice, using their vestigial wings and beaks, until the hole is deep enough for the dead bird to be rolled into and buried.  

Taken by: Kathy McCullough
The male penguins then gather in a circle around the fresh grave and sing:

"Freeze a jolly good fellow."
"Freeze a jolly good fellow."
 "Then they kick him in the ice hole."

Have a wonderful day!

Secrets of why we fly--- Tomorrow.

~ Enjoy the Journey



  1. You made my morning with a Penguin Laugh. Thanks Karlene and Kathy!

  2. This made me laugh (and the photos are amazing), but is that true??? They really bury them in the ice (minus the singing)??

    I'm a different Kathy McCullough, and no relation (I don't think!), but I'm impressed that I share my name with someone so talented. It's in the McCullough genes, clearly. ;)

    Fun blog by the way! Very cool (and cool job!)

  3. How did the world get so lucky to have 2 Kathy McCulloughs. Amazing but true??? The photos are gorgeous, yes!!!

  4. No, not true, Kathy - just a joke! (Not that there are 2 Kathy McCulloughs...hi!)

    But Antarctica was amazing, and the two (weird) true things I know are: Antarctic penguins poop pink (they eat pink krill!)- hence you can spot them from a long ways a way and jump out of the hot tub, dry off and grab your camera!! And, Red lips, matching shoes = Gentoos (with 18 kinds of penguins, you need little rhymes to help remember...).

  5. Okay, you just made Kadence's day. She loves pink.

  6. Okay, but tell her not to eat pink snow or pink candy made of soap... :)


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