Archive for February, 2010

Runaway Iceberg Puts Penguins In Peril

February 28, 2010

In a development that will disrupt marine life in Antarctic, a vast iceberg nearly 78 km long and up to 39 km wide has broken off its eastern region. Researchers have warned that the iceberg, which calved from the Mertz Glacier Tongue earlier this month after it was hit by another huge iceberg, B9B, could have consequences for the area’s colonies of emperor penguins. The emblematic birds may be forced to travel further afield to find food. “It is a very active area for algae growth, especially in springtime,” explained Dr Neal Young from the Australia-based Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre. “There are emperor penguin colonies about 200-300 km away to the west. They come to this area to feed and seals in the area also come to get access to the open water,” he told BBC News.

Weather Doesn’t Bother These Penguins

February 27, 2010

WILKES-BARRE — Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins forward Tim Wallace had no idea that every school in the area closed on Thursday due to the snowstorm that hit the area.

Heck, Wallace hardly noticed the few inches that covered the ground by the afternoon.

“People are canceling things?” he said.

The reason why the local reaction to Thursday’s snowstorm was a surprise to Wallace is that in his hometown of Anchorage, Alaska, it would take much more than a foot of snow to close things down.

More like five feet of the white stuff, he said, adding that school was only canceled once when he was a kid.

“It’s surprising that people have to shut down the world with a couple inches of snow. To me, it is not a big deal at all,” Wallace said.

Nor was it a big deal to the other Penguins as every player made it to Thursday’s practice at Coal Street without problem.

Mark Letestu, who hails from Elk Point, a town with a population just under 1,500 in eastern Alberta, was also surprised that area schools closed for the snow.

At home, Letestu said, it would take severe ice or temperatures of minus-40 degrees to stop the school buses from running.

But that still didn’t mean that school was closed.

“The buses shut down but the school never closed, so if you could walk to school you’re going,” Letestu said. “There were a couple of real cold days, close to minus-50, when we didn’t go, but a day like today we’d be going to school.”

Or to hockey practice.

Considering that all of his players come from places where snow is the norm, head coach Todd Reirden said the thought of canceling Thursday’s practice never entered his mind.

Most of the Penguin players have trucks and live in Wilkes-Barre, Reirden said, so getting to the rink wouldn’t be a problem.

So what would it take to cancel practice?

“If the rink was closed and we couldn’t get in. That would probably be the only situation,” Reirden said.

Iceberg Threatens Penguin Colony

February 27, 2010

An enormous iceberg in Antarctica plowed into a peninsula made of ice and snapped it off, creating a second gigantic iceberg, and threatening the penguin colony made famous by the movie March of the Penguins.

The Mertz glacier in Antarctica has been gradually oozing out to sea, and for the past 70 years, it has been producing a giant tongue of ice.

French and Australian scientists have been watching that tongue because it looked like it would eventually crack off and become a giant iceberg. That’s exactly what happened about a week ago, when a 60-mile-long iceberg rammed into it.

The two icebergs are now gradually heading counterclockwise around Antarctica, south of Australia. They’re moving toward an area of open water that’s the feeding grounds for the Emperor penguins who became international stars in the March of the Penguins documentary.

Biologists say this could make life even tougher for these amazingly hardy birds.

Something Fishy Going On At The Penguin News

February 27, 2010

Argentinian hackers yesterday hijacked the website of the Falklands newspaper, the Penguin News, according to the Sun. The paper’s phone number was changed to 666 and a link to a Falklands tourism web page switched to an Argentinian alternative. Reports that the islands’ penguins were set to march on Argentina were unconfirmed at time of press.

Ride Of The Penguins Rides Again

February 24, 2010

A little good news / bad news from Penguin Place Central. The good news is those crazy Ride of The Penguin guys intend on skiing down a mountain in Vail again this March with dozens of them dressed in penguin costumes. Last year about 50 waddled and skiied down the hill to the stunned grins of everyone on the slopes that day and to the amusement of a cyber audience of skiing penguin buffs. This year they hope to add a couple of dozen more penguins to their skiing flock. The bad new is they completely cleaned me out of adult sized penguin costumes and we won’t be able to stock more until the end of March.

Singing / Dancing Penguin Graduate Makes Our Day

February 24, 2010

With  the NY Gift Show and Toy shows only being a couple of weeks apart and a combined 40 miles of walking and gawking between them, one can be forgiven if one (me) forgets an item or two that’s been ordered.  Between both shows I must have ordered about 50 new penguin items.  Some to be delivered asap and others to show up sometime in the next few months just to keep new penguins in the pipeline, as well  as not to have too many new waddlers overwhelming penguin place all at once.  With all these new items, it’s easy for me to forget an item or two that’s been ordered, even if it’s a very special one.  Such is the case with todays arrival of the Singing Dancing Penguin Graduate.  Standing at a very regal 15″ tall, all you need to do to get the song and dance penguin going is squeeze a flipper and give him some room.  Singing three complete verses of “if you’re happy and you know it”, this adorable waddler claps his flippers (or at least he sings about it), jumps up and down (he really does), and shouts hurray.  The song and dance cycle last about a minute and if my 7 and 3 year olds are any indication, to the delight of young (them) and old (me) alike.

If you're happy and you know it...

Penguin The Dog

February 24, 2010

Penguin, 6 months old, is a male, purebred Australian cattle dog.

He arrived at the shelter as a stray after being hit by a car. He has had knee surgery and spent weeks in foster care for recovery. Now he is doing great and bouncing around like a normal puppy.

Penguin is social with other dogs and adores people. He is intelligent and will quickly pick up on further training. Penguin is neutered and up to date on all of his vaccines.

Penguin is in Kennel 10 at the Canyon County Animal Shelter, 5801 Graye Lane, Caldwell. All dog adoptions are $77.50; cash only.

Foster parents are needed. Apply online or stop by the shelter. The shelter is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. It is closed on Wednesdays and Sundays.

For more information, call 455-5921 or visit www.canyoncountyshelter.org.

Penguin The Dog

Something Fishy Going On At The Penguin News

February 23, 2010

The Penguin Post has learned that Argentinian hackers yesterday hijacked the website of the Falklands newspaper, the Penguin News, according to the Sun. The paper’s phone number was changed to 666 and a link to a Falklands tourism web page switched to an Argentinian alternative. Reports that the islands’ penguins were set to march on Argentina were unconfirmed at time of press.

Penguin Water and Air Robots

February 21, 2010

This video is simply incredible.  Watch it and be amazed and a little frightened (in a cool way).

Penguin Paddle

February 21, 2010

It’s skiing, and it involves water, but it’s not water skiing.
More than 200 children flopped down the Yodler ski slope on their bellies, in black garbage bags, for the Penguin Paddle.
Some brave souls even tried to ski over a pond of open water.
The event raises money for Holiday Valley’s Lounsbury Adaptive program.