To Catch a Penguin
February 2, 2015 5:50 PM   Subscribe

Bellyflopping penguins (slyoutube) Photographer Paul Nicklen, in the Ross Sea: "It became quite comical to see hundreds of penguins flying out of the water and knocking the air out of themselves when they landed on their bellies. I felt a little bit sorry for them, but they were fine. This is what their bodies are designed to do. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen in my career."
posted by Dashy (32 comments total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
 
nyoooooom
posted by casarkos at 6:09 PM on February 2, 2015


Ahhhhhhhh penguin youtube hole


Avenge me
posted by angerbot at 6:10 PM on February 2, 2015 [13 favorites]


Oooh, the little tiny squeaks they make when they hit the ice.
posted by gladly at 6:18 PM on February 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


pengwins!
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:29 PM on February 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


penglings
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:30 PM on February 2, 2015 [11 favorites]


Informative and adorable!
posted by clockzero at 6:30 PM on February 2, 2015


pengings?
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:30 PM on February 2, 2015


Penguins are wheeeeeee
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:31 PM on February 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


andthenIsawthepungwingsandIwaslikeWEEEEEEEEEEEE
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:32 PM on February 2, 2015 [4 favorites]


The BBC did a nature show about penguins where they set up dummy penguins in the middle of the flock to catch all the footage they could; they got enough slips-and-falls that they put it together into its own awesome sequence.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:37 PM on February 2, 2015 [24 favorites]


Paul Nicklen: previously.
posted by Flashman at 6:40 PM on February 2, 2015


they got enough slips-and-falls that they put it together into its own awesome sequence.

YOU ARE THE BEST
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 6:42 PM on February 2, 2015 [1 favorite]


Fffm, you may really like this one then - one of the dummy penguin cams was so good that a penguin tried to hit on it.

plus david tennant is narrating which is awesome
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 6:58 PM on February 2, 2015 [7 favorites]


that penguin hitting on the robot is basically my dating life
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:02 PM on February 2, 2015 [7 favorites]


Oh it's happened to the best of us. There you are, on an icy crag, and a sort of vaguely attractive shape is giving you the once-and-twices. You coyly discuss music and art. A couple of drinks later and you've been hitting on a pile of coats for an hour.
posted by angerbot at 7:12 PM on February 2, 2015 [8 favorites]


Coats? Luxury.
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 7:26 PM on February 2, 2015


peng-winning

(too late?)
posted by aydeejones at 7:33 PM on February 2, 2015 [2 favorites]


Penguins are the greatest.

The best birthday present I ever got was a card from my partner that said let's go meet a penguin. It was awesome and I would love to do it again at some point and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone who is ever going to be near Mystic Aquarium.

Gray-Silver was a hell of a host.
posted by bowmaniac at 8:05 PM on February 2, 2015 [3 favorites]




To Catch a Penguin

Well, first you cut a hole in the ice. Then you put a line of peas around the hole. When a penguin comes to take a pea you kick him in the icehole.
posted by JackFlash at 8:59 PM on February 2, 2015 [5 favorites]


Penguin swim though
posted by clavdivs at 10:35 PM on February 2, 2015


Ever wonder about what a penguin egg omelet would taste like?
posted by tgyg at 12:31 AM on February 3, 2015


They're four feet long? I had no idea they're so enormous.
posted by univac at 1:01 AM on February 3, 2015


I am a swimmer, and I just want to say that I want to be able to get out of the water like those penguins so bad... it would blow folks away at the lake if I could rocket out of the water. I wonder if my suit would stay put... could be dramatic if it didn't.
posted by kinnakeet at 3:08 AM on February 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


I'm pretty sure that omelet would taste exactly like penguins smell. I.e. not good.
posted by Ashenmote at 3:57 AM on February 3, 2015


Pingwings.
posted by Mr. Bad Example at 4:27 AM on February 3, 2015


That's a beowulf cluster of cute.
posted by Poldo at 5:01 AM on February 3, 2015


tgyg: Ever wonder about what a penguin egg omelet would taste like?
According to the men of The Endurance, a bit like a pile of high-protein fish scales.

As does the animal itself. One of the few animals on Earth safe from over-hunting for its delicious flesh and resplendent fur/feathers/leather.
posted by IAmBroom at 6:50 AM on February 3, 2015


bowmaniac: Gray-Silver was a hell of a host.
Awwww! He's got his own little white plastic pedestal to rest his tuchus on! How cute.
posted by IAmBroom at 6:51 AM on February 3, 2015


Gunther?
posted by Rock Steady at 7:00 AM on February 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


Ever wonder about what a penguin egg omelet would taste like?

First restaurant I worked at, we were shooting the shit during prep one day, discussing what we'd do if we won the lottery that night. There's the usual--houses, cars, travel. Then we get to the sous.

He pauses in his chopping, and gets this far away look on his face for a moment.

"...I would eat a fucking penguin."
posted by feckless fecal fear mongering at 9:07 AM on February 3, 2015 [1 favorite]


they put it together into its own awesome sequence. yt

The name Rockhopper Penguin makes them sound much more competent than they appear, in fact, to be. "Rockflopper Penguin" or "Rocktumbler Penguin" might be more on the mark. Presumably their colonies ring with the cries of "I'm o.k.! I just---oops, OW! No, no...I'm o.k.!"
posted by yoink at 9:28 AM on February 3, 2015 [3 favorites]


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