Monday 21 August 2023




Macaroni penguins
Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons
There are about five million penguins in Antarctica. When a penguin is found dead, members of the colony use their beaks and wings to dig a big hole. When the hole is deep enough, the dead body is rolled into it and buried. The rest gather round in a circle and sing, ‘Freeze a jolly good fellow, freeze a jolly good fellow . . . ‘
Actually, dead penguins are scavenged by skuas and petrels. The few that die on land rather than ice do not decay but dry out. Strong winds erode the bodies, gradually turning them into dust.


  1. I like the thought of the penguins digging a hole then singing much better than the poor bird just left to turn into dust.

  2. Freeze a jolly good fellow :)

  3. So lovely to see them. We saw them at very close quarters when we went to New Zealand in 2019 at an aquatic museum in Auckland.

  4. They are amazing birds. When we saw some with my late mother-in-law, she innocently said, 'Won't they fly away?'

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  5. You made me laugh over my toast and coffee this morning.

  6. How do they know there are five million penguins
    in Antarctica...??? Has someone sat there for say
    three years and counted them...! ??? :O).

    And..Did you know polar bears 'do not' 'do not'
    eat penguins...No! :(
    Because they can't get the wrappers off...

    And off the top of me 'ead...
    Why don’t you see penguins in Britain?
    Because they’re afraid of Wales...

    Where does a penguin go when it loses its tail?
    A re-tail store...

    Which side of a penguin has the most feathers?
    The outside...
    Now! Where's me lemon tea with honey and lemon...!

  7. Hi Janice - well that was a surprise ... and an interesting read - poor ;pingwins' ... cheers Hilary

  8. They look so lovely but stink to high heaven of fish, not surprisingly!

  9. That made me laugh, Janice, so thank you! But now I can't get the image out of my head :-) xxx

  10. I know - crackers, isn't it? x x x


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