Thursday, December 8, 2011

P-p-p pick on someone your own size!

Beaches in South Georgia can get a little crowded at times. During my trip to Antarctica I witnessed an incident of 'beach rage' in which a penguin slapped an elephant seal with his flipper as he tried to get to the water's edge.

It was a brave move, as the penguin discovered when the seal rounded on him with a fierce bark.
Despite the fact that South Georgia hosts the largest penguin colony in the world, this unique habitat is under threat.
Rats, introduced by sealers in the 19th century, are killing young chicks at an alarming rate. 
Please click on the text underlined to read my column in the Malton Gazette & Herald this week on the South Georgia Heritage Trust 's ambitious plans to eradicate rats from the Antarctic island.

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