1. Becca Stareyes says

    I’m picturing this penguin telling a scary story about how he was this close to being leopard seal lunch to his chick.

    (Yes, I’m anthropomorphizing horribly to tell my own story.)

  2. Nerd of Redhead, Dances OM Trolls says

    The photog shouldn’t have taken their krill oil pill that morning.

  3. Larry says

    From the producers of Alien comes their new nightmare, Penguins!

    They don’t just eat krill anymore!

  4. wondering says

    “Teenage” chickens running across a field look suspiciously like raptors. If I were smaller, they would be terrifying. My partner and I have long said “if you don’t believe that birds are descended from dinosaurs, you haven’t really been paying attention”.

  5. blf says

    There is certainly a strong resemblance to the mildly deranged penguin, especially if the photographer is a cheese (rather than just saying “say cheese”). However, there are some small differences. The most notable is ARRRGGGGGHHHH!!!1!! Floomppfh! BurglargeFOOMaaa… MUSHROooyweAArggh!OMS!yikeees!!11!!


    After a frank exchange of views, she has agreed I agreed she agreed that she agreed that I agreed—ARRRRGHHHH!!fompfhha!—……I need a bandage. Truck. Of. Full…

  6. chigau (違う) says

    If you go to the NatGeo link, there is a video link in the comment by Anthony Powell.

  7. says

    How many miles north of the Ice Wall did they have to go to get THAT picture? Hope they brought the right kind of sword to kill it with…

  8. rq says

    I have suddenly found new respect for the wee birdies enjoying spring outside. Won’t be swearing at them for singing too loud anymore.

  9. Menyambal says

    It makes me happy to know that birds are descended from dinosaurs, but that picture is scary, no matter what.

    Factoid: Dinosaurs ruled the planet for over twice as long as they have been gone. During that time, our ancestors were little scuttling things with short generation cycles (we have since slowed ‘way up). Far, far more generations of our ancestors had a likely last moment much like that, than have ever seen a penguin, or any bird, as cute.

  10. Xaivius says

    Hail Sphenicidae! Arctic overlords! Ia! Ia!

    (Penguin chtulu mythos would be rad as hell)

  11. JohnnieCanuck says

    You aren’t part of a plot to introduce an invading force of penguins to the Arctic, are you? From there, their occupation troops will have much easier access to Europe and North America. Are you sure you want to do this?

  12. chigau (違う) says

    Lady Mondegreen
    A comment on the NatGeo says

    Paul Anderson
    Penguins do not have teeth , they have rearward-pointing, tooth-like barbs on the tongue and roof of the mouth. These are not used for chewing, instead assist in the swallowing of their slippery prey.

  13. FossilFishy (NOBODY, and proud of it!) says

    We have chooks (chickens). Look them up close in the eye and you can see the rage. They know that their ancestors once ruled the earth. They know how far down the food chain they’ve slipped. They hate us, and only their diminutive stature keeps us safe from their wrath.

  14. chigau (違う) says

    That and the image up-top should ensure a sound sleep tonight.
    what was that noise???

  15. methuseus says

    Yes, we have chickens too. Ours are bantams (smaller species) yet it can be terrifying when they’re flying across the yard towards you if you didn’t know they were coming.

  16. Rowan vet-tech says

    One of my childhood parakeets let me know in no uncertain terms that she was still a dinosaur. That nasty little bundle of feathers would, by preference, sink her beak into the webbing between thumb and forefinger and then grind her beak while shrieking at the top of her teeny lungs. She was evil and Mom and I would get into arguments with regards to who had to catch her to put her back into her cage at night.

    And then there was the fucking enormous macaw that came into work one day. I walked into the exam room to take a history and it mantled its wings at me and gave me this look… this look that said “I know I can take you hand off, and I’m going to. You’ll be lucky if that’s all I do.”

    Then the bird’s owner tried to reassure me with “Don’t worry, he only bites strangers” and in my head all I could think was “I’ve never seen your bird before so what the fuck am I?”

  17. Thumper: Who Presents Boxes Which Are Not Opened says

    Sweet fucking lord, that is terrifying.


  18. Die Anyway says

    Find a lake on an early, foggy morning… wait for the sggrraaaak and the image of a Great Blue Heron coming out of the mist and you will “see” a pterodactyl.

    Ok, I know pteranodons are not direct antecedents of birds but the imagery is compelling. Accepting that today’s birds are descended from feathered reptiles is easy.

  19. chip says

    Die Anyway @36 –

    I totally agree! Whenever I see a heron flying, I like to pretend that I’m living in some alternate universe where pterodactyls still exist. They completely look the part.