[va-richmond-general] Humbolt's Penguin in Alaska
- From: "Michael Shapiro" <sc.tanager@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- To: "Richmond listserv" <va-richmond-general@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>,"Virginia Bird listserv" <va-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Wed, 31 Jul 2002 22:14:16 -0400
I don't know if anyone else heard about this or not, but on NPR this morning, they were discussing a Humbolt's Penguin that some fishermen had caught with the rest of their catch off the coast of Alaska. For those of you who don't know where they are form or didn't hear the story, they're native to southern Chile and Argentina. The reporter asked if it could have escaped from a zoo (although, since they can't fly, I can't see how that could have happened. I imagine a penguin walking through downtown Juneau or Fairbanks would have been noticed). The expert they talked to said that it probably hitched a ride on a fishing boat and then escaped. He said that many fishermen (or was it people in general?) down there keep them as pets. He also said that it was highly unlikely it would have swam the nearly 10,000 miles from Chile to Alaska, as it would have had to pass through the much warmer equatorial waters, where the fishing (from a Humbolt's point-of-view) isn't quite so good. Thought I'd pass it along. Michael Shapiro Richmond (Henrico) sc.tanager@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx You are subscribed to VA-Richmond-General. To unsubscribe, send email to va-richmond-general-request@xxxxxxxxxxxxx with 'unsubscribe' in the Subject field. To adjust other settings (vacation, digest, etc.) please visit, http://www.freelists.org/list/va-richmond-general.
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