April Fools! Flying Penguins

by Rebecca on April 1, 2014

in Animals in the News

http://www.livescience.com/13503-april-fools-5-fake-scientific-breakthroughs.html

Flying penguins supposedly discovered on an island near Antarctica. Credit: BBC

Flying penguins supposedly discovered on an island near Antarctica.
Credit: BBC

On April 1, 2008, the BBC played footage of a colony of flying penguins that it claimed had just been discovered on King George Island near Antarctica. In the “mockumentary,” former Monty Python star Terry Jones played the David Attenborough-esque guide.

“We’d been watching the penguins and filming them for days, without a hint of what was to come,” Jones said. “But then the weather took a turn for the worse. It was quite amazing. Rather than getting together in a huddle to protect themselves from the cold, they did something quite unexpected, that no other penguins can do.”

Though penguins can’t actually get airborne — not even when Terry Jones is around — the mechanics of how they swim are remarkably similar to how birds fly.

 


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