‘March of the Penguins’

Let’s ponder the ways of the Emperor Penguin.

Taken by Bryn Jones from Bangor, Wales.
More of his exceptional pictures on Flickr.

I’ve just been watching the film, ‘March of the Penguins’ and everything about the Emperor Penguin is educational, and they are entertaining too. The life of these amazing creatures is geared around; staying alive on Artic ice, surviving harsh conditions as a community, hatching their eggs and then getting everybody back to open water again. Once the chicks are big and bold enough to swim, the parents leave!

I particularly liked how they have adapted their social habits to keep warm out there on the Artic ice.
To better fight against the cold of the Austral winter, the emperor penguins
have adopted social behavior patterns which allow them to save a lot of energy. The most striking adaptation is the huddle formation in which the individuals huddle against each other and form a very dense group. Only their backs are exposed to the wind, and they take turns so that the ones at the edge of the huddle formation gradually move towards the center where they will be more protected for a while, until they find themselves out on the edge again.

Text from the Warner Brothers official web site.

If there is a child in the house, or if there is not, you might want to go and test your ability to Save the Egg.

Native American wisdom has it that we humans can learn from the ways of creatures.

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4 thoughts on “‘March of the Penguins’”

  1. It really is good to visit your blog daily. Can’t always think of a pertinent comment but but I can’t help a smile at “Native American wisdom and how we can learn from the ways of animals and your previous day’s picture of a dog in the dishwasher. Hmmm!

  2. For a moment there Rev. Mugo I misread the caption under the penguin picture and thought it said “taken by Bryn Jones IN Bangor, Wales”.

    Come to think of it, I have a picture of you and a penguin eyeing each other in Yorkshire.

  3. I enjoyed the movie too, and just about reached my chill threshold.

    Emerging from the theater into Florida summer night, such gratitude arose!

    Sometimes I chide myself because the climate matters — other times I’m just grateful to be warm enough.

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