Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fact of the Day: Arctic Penguin

The English word "penguin" began as a synonym for the bird known as the Great Auk. Unlike penguins, the Great Auk lived in the arctic regions instead of Antarctica. Despite the resemblance, they are not closely related to penguins. They went extinct in the 19th century. 

12 comments:

Unknown said...

exciting :)
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Plowing Through Life (Martha) said...

Interesting information. I'm curious as to why they became extinct.

Pat Hatt said...

I would have guessed penguin cousin indeed

Sharon said...

Penguins are my favourite animals! Why did the Great Auk become extinct?

DEZMOND said...

poor little penguins!

Selvaggia Capizzi said...

I am wondering on what brought to their extinction!

Christine said...

yes I didn't think the artic had penguins these days.

Pilar Domínguez said...

You always report us about very interesting questions. Kisses :)

stephen Hayes said...

I hope it wasn't humans that drove them into extinction like the dodos.

Gloria Baker said...

they are beautiful, anyway all called peguins! we have a lot in the Antartic!
are cute!

Theresa Mahoney said...

I also would have thought they were related to penguins. Too bad they are gone now.

Caro * said...

It reminds me the Dodo in Mauritus. So sad that penguins do not exist now...