Penguins: the stylish superbirds of the sea

Penguin facts

Spot them waddling on the ice, and you may judge the penguin as a somewhat awkward creature. But in fact, these mighty birds have a myriad of extraordinary adaptations to the harsh Antarctic winters in which they thrive. They also play an integral part in the Antarctic ecosystem, and changes to penguin populations can have dire consequences for other sections of the food chain.

Penguins spend 75% of their lives at sea, and to ensure their survival, we must protect the oceans surrounding Antarctica. So to celebrate today – World Penguin Day – we’ve collected 14 astounding facts about this tux-wearing superbird.

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Russia and Ukraine block again: Now what?


Now what?

This week, my hopes that we could protect the spectacular waters around Antarctica went down in flames. Through a steady stream of dull procedural objections, absurdist claims, and disingenuous overtures, a small group of fishing nations led by Russia and the Ukraine once again blocked proposals to protect important habitats for penguins, seals, whales, fish and other ocean life.

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The World is Watching & Time is Ticking

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On the eve of the 2013 Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) meeting, the Antarctic Ocean Alliance (AOA) has released a new campaign book: “The World is Watching and Time is Ticking”. This book delivers more than 1.3 million signatures to CCAMLR delegates from people around the world who have Joined the Watch to call for Antarctica’s unique marine environment to be protected.

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AOA Seminar: Protecting Antarctica’s Ocean: What’s at Stake for Norway?


Protecting Antarctica’s Ocean: What’s at Stake for Norway?

The Antarctic Ocean Alliance cordially invites you to join us for a special event, Protecting Antarctica’s Ocean: What’s at Stake for Norway?, at Oslo’s Litteraturhuset from 12:00-16:00 on October 10th.

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Russia blocks ocean sanctuaries around Antarctica


Russia blocked efforts to create of the world’s largest ocean sanctuaries around Antarctica. Everyone, including the penguins, are devastated.

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