Penguins Scratch, Bite, and —- Shoot!
I’ve been on 6 expeditions to Antarctica as a researcher and on one of them I was the leader of the first (and only) Jamaican Antarctic Expedition. We received wonderful support from the Chilean Antarctic Program, but had not much sophisticated equipment. However, apart from preparing samples of Antarctic marine worms and tiny terrestrial insects known as springtails for a study with the electron microscope, we took lots of photographs of penguins. —>—>
Some of my older colleagues lament that the zoology students of today know everything about molecular genetics, DNA hybridization, enzymes, amino acid sequencing, etc. and nothing about animals. Exaggerated as this may be, the truth of the matter is that older traditional courses have had to give way to more modern, popular, and expanding fields like molecular genetics and biotechnology. The emphasis has certainly shifted to what is seen as applied research. —>—>
Strange taste amongst our feathered friends: Stories of food pellets
It is important for teachers to involve their pupils and when I reminded my wife, who was a high-school teacher in biology and geography at that time, that some birds swallow pebbles, elephant seals swallow stones as big as tennis balls and freshwater turtles are known to have gobbled up coins tossed into the water while marine turtles ingest plastic bags that clog up their intestines, it gave her an idea. —>—>