Penguin Watch Talk

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  • mrrudisill by mrrudisill

    Some of these are really fat while others are skinny? does this help determine between male and female?

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    All that happens is that they crouch down a bit when standing, or tuck themselves up when sitting. If they can reduce

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    their outside surface to as small as possible they will stay as warm as possible. If they all stood up and stretched as tall

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    as possible they would look quite thin 😃

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  • Motherjoanne by Motherjoanne

    Hey, here is green poop from Chin Straps!

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    There's a really squiggly bit on the bottom right - yukko! One day we will know just what that stuff is - I'm still betting on squid 😃

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  • Motherjoanne by Motherjoanne

    I think squid makes a lot of sense.

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    Why do you think that squid would make the poop green?😃 It appears brown/yellow on my screen but if green, I'd say it must be caused by

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    eating algae, not by eating animals. It doesn't make any sense to me. But I can be wrong 😃

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    I'm happy to go with that idea...just couldn't think what it might. Knowing they eat squid (and your digestion can change colours - clearly

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    not krill though! On my screen it's definitely green. That's another nuisance - who's got true colour on their screen? Sigh! Complicated :-0

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  • Motherjoanne by Motherjoanne

    Ive been trying to keep a log of when green poop appears and so far it is mostly Oct, Nov, early Dec-before chicks and with snow on ground.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Oh boy - that's very scientific of you! I've got a 'poop'collection with some pictures in it. So it makes me wonder, is it that this food

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    is mostly available during the spring, or is it that it's overwhelmed by krill poop colouring the soil when the snow has melted? Someone

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    needs to visit them with a very long handled poop-a-scooper at the right time of year. Volunteers? I just took a step back 😉 😃

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  • gardenmaeve by gardenmaeve moderator

    As I understand it the squid dinners cause black guano.

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  • Motherjoanne by Motherjoanne

    Interesting. I can't find any reference to them eating algae. Does anyone else have one?

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    There can be an algae growing in the poo/snow (not just have been eaten by penguins)

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    Not a serious source but they say that green penguin poop is a sign that penguins are moulting. http://www.thetravelingrichters.com/2010/02/17/a-bit-of-penguin-bathroom-humor

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    These are nesting but it means they don't eat krill at this time either.. Hmm.

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    Another source tells that the green is probably bile but they talk about emperors. http://www.gdargaud.net/Antarctica/PenguinFAQ.html

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    Here they mention algae diet:Green poo indicates a diet of algae, a food of last resort that usually means other foods are in short supply.

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    The source of the last statement: http://qi.com/infocloud/penguins
    I guess each of this can be a reason for green poo.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Well this crew are not moulting, so that reason is off the list, but I am intersted in that one. If these are having to eat algae when

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    in the early nesting phase that's going to use a lot off their body resources and will be quite stressful for them. But many seem to have

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    good healthy chicks later on. Strange....

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    They mentioned the moulting because it is the time penguins don't eat at all since they can't go to the water.. but they don't eat while

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    nesting either so the poo can't be red from krill so it COULD be the same situation as they meant. But I don't think that it would be green

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    from eating algae in such a case BUT it could be green from an algae growing in the poop. But the bile reason could be true as well. Haha

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  • yshish by yshish moderator, translator

    (I meant: why should it be green from eating algae when they don't eat while nesting/moulting but not from krill?)

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  • Motherjoanne by Motherjoanne

    Hey, thanks for the site citation! And continuing discussion of green poo.

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  • AvastMH by AvastMH moderator

    Oh! Right! got it yshish! I understand what you are saying. Oh I wish we knew. :-0
    Happy to help Motherjoanne - this is real science 😃

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