Archive for June, 2013

Penguin Dinner In New Zealand

June 27, 2013

The Penguin Post has learned that at the penguin dinner fundraiser on Friday, June 14 more than $9000 was raised at the McCracken Country Club and coordinator of the night Rob Heaslip said awareness on the plight of the Little Penguins on Granite Island has been heightened.  “It was an excellent night and I would sincerely like to thank McCracken and all the other sponsors for bringing the attention to the penguins on Granite Island,” Mr Heaslip said. “We all left the night astounded to the extent of the decline of the penguins and hopefully now, both local and state governments will get behind this to look after one of the Fleurieu Peninsula’s main tourist attractions.” City of Victor Harbor mayor Graham Philp said the night was very educational with special guest speakers, Liberal leader Steven Marshall and penguin researcher professor Sonia Kleindorfer. “Their input made the night special,” Mr Philp said. “Save the Granite Island penguins campaign is about raising awareness of the issues surrounding the decline of penguin populations, not just on Granite Island, but throughout the state. “There is still a lot of work to be done, but we have achieved a small step to go forward. “We need the community to write letters and apply pressure to state minister for the environment, Ian Hunter to allocate funds to research the problem further. “It is important the community gets behind the campaign now.” The $9,027 raised will be held in the Victor Harbor & Port Elliot Lions Club bank account, until it can be utilised to help the Little Penguins on Granite Island. In 2001 there were 1548 Little Penguins on Granite Island and at last count in 2012 there are only 26. Scientific research has proven the growing population of the New Zealand Fur Seal is the major reason for the rapid decline.little1

Penguin Vic A-OK

June 27, 2013

The Penguin Post has learned that an oil-soaked penguin named Penguin Vic found on a Victorian beach near Melbourne, Australia has been given a clean-up and vets are optimistic it will make a full recovery.  The blue penguin was being tossed about by the dog but was saved on Sunday by a Middle Park resident and taken to the zoo for treatment. The bird has had several warm baths to help remove oil and restore natural waterproofing to its feathers. Melbourne Zoo associate vet Megan Curick is cautiously optimistic the penguin will make a full recovery.


Space Penguin

June 24, 2013

The Penguin Post has learned that the Hubble Space Telescope has produced a vivid image of a pair of interacting galaxies that have become known in certain science circles as “The Penguin.  It seems that when two galaxies stray too close to each other they begin to interact, causing spectacular changes in both objects. In some cases the two can merge but in others, they are ripped apart, researchers said. Just below the center of the image is the blue, twisted form of galaxy NGC 2936, one of the two interacting galaxies that form Arp 142 in the constellation of Hydra. Nicknamed “the Penguin” by amateur astronomers, NGC 2936 used to be a standard spiral galaxy before being torn apart by the gravity of its cosmic companion. The remnants of its spiral structure can still be seen – the former galactic bulge now forms the “eye” of the penguin, around which it is still possible to see where the galaxy’s pinwheeling arms once were. These disrupted arms now shape the cosmic penguins “body” as bright streaks of blue and red across the image. These streaks arch down towards NGC 2936’s nearby companion, the elliptical galaxy NGC 2937, visible here as a bright white oval. The pair show an uncanny resemblance to a penguin safeguarding its egg.


Penguin One: It’s A Bird And A Plane

June 21, 2013

The Penguin Post has learned that Penguin One has become one of 13 current Southwest jets with unique paint schemes, and undoubtedly the coolest. In addition to the two Shamus, nine are painted in theme of states (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas). Also in Southwest’s specialty plane line-up is “Triple Crown One,” painted to commemorate Southwest customer service achievements. Specially designed aircraft have become a regular promotion at some airlines, and a often a favorite of plane spotters.1371753002000-AP-Southwest-Airlines-debuts-Penguin-One-in-celebration-of-25-y-001-1306201431_4_3_rx404_c534x401 1371753144000-AP-Southwest-Airlines-debuts-Penguin-One-in-celebration-of-25-y-1306201433_4_3_rx383_c540x380

Penguin Vandalism

June 7, 2013
The Penguin Post has learned that police are searching for clues leading to the identity of the person who used a stencil to spray paint penguins at Mountain View Elementary School, in East Long Meadow, Mass. That’s what police want to know.  “School officials arrived this morning and found it had been tagged with a penguin,” said Sgt. Denis Sheehan. “Grafitti was painted on the school.”  Sheehan said that along with some obscene representations, somebody apparently used a stencil to spray-paint images of penguins on the school at 77 Hampden Rd.  Sheehan said he has yet to view the images for himself. However, officers who have been at the scene say the penguins do not resemble the logo used by the Pittsburgh Penguins — who, by the way, fell 2-1 to the Bruins Wednesday night in a double overtime thriller that gave Boston a 3-0 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference Finals. Police are seeking the public’s help in the school graffiti case. “If anybody heard anything or know of somebody with a penguin stencil please let us know.” Sheehan said.  As East Long Meadow is merely a snowballs throw away from Penguin Place Central, we are emphatically denying any involvement in this episode of penguin vandalism.