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off-white skull of a penguin with a black beak, measuring almost eight inches

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Emily Corpuz's picture
Emily Corpuz says:

Emporer penguin
You live in Antarctica
Polar king of ice.


posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 12:30pm
Emily Corpuz's picture
Emily Corpuz says:

It looks like this Emporer Penguin had really big eyes.And it also looks like that this Emporer Penguin had a really BIG brain.

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 12:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I think the emperor penguins are a very interesting animal. there is a lot to learn about them.I think scientist's should continue studying them.

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 2:00pm
birdie's picture
birdie says:

The penguin Skull looks very cool-I wish it were mine.I wish I owned it!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 3:41pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Penguins are fine, I guess.

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 4:22pm
steve O .'s picture
steve O . says:

How do we know its a penguin?It could some different kind of bird.

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 4:43pm
Corey's picture
Corey says:

It reminds me of abirds skull.

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 7:34pm
Danno Klonowski's picture
Danno Klonowski says:

Once used as a "nostril cleaning device" by Native Texans in the late 1990's, it was later discovered to in fact be an Emporer Penguin Skull that had fallen of a stagecoach destined for the Dallas/Fort Worth "Muesem of Affronts to Good Spiritual Folks of the Great State of Texas".
It was also later pointed out to the goog spiritual folks of Texas that stagescoaches were rendered unnecessary several decades earlier by the combustion engine. A fact they should have realized when they started mass eradictaion of their oil fields.

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 9:41pm
bryan kennedy's picture

Wow, that's a bizarre one, but very inventive.

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 11:24am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

it looks like it has little holes above the eye socet.it also has a very long beak,and big eye socets.i wonder if penguines that are not emporer penguines heads are that size?what is the difference in a emporer penguin and a not emporer penguien is?

posted on Sat, 12/30/2006 - 9:54pm
Alicia Marie Alyea's picture
Alicia Marie Alyea says:

This penguin skull is curiously
narrower than a normal penguins
skull would be maybe because it
had an environment change that
caused it to adapt and doing so it was eating smaller thinner prey.

posted on Mon, 01/01/2007 - 4:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

this animal is just like my dear friend wilbur i went to antarctica and this skull looks just like his head must be the same kind of penguin

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 2:46pm
Colton Greene's picture
Colton Greene says:

all penguins can swim. penguins eat fish. emperor penguins have a yellow patch just below their head. They are hte largest penguins. Penguins are very cool.

posted on Tue, 01/02/2007 - 4:15pm
Emma & Sydney's picture
Emma & Sydney says:

I see the skull of a penguin.

posted on Wed, 01/03/2007 - 11:30am
Charlotte's picture
Charlotte says:

Emperor penguins have glands that remove salt.

posted on Wed, 01/03/2007 - 1:18pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the skull is really cool!! i love to look at skulls, and try to figure out what animal it is. I coudn't figure out this one until my brother told me.

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 1:33pm
ariana's picture
ariana says:

Mr.Penguin you live in a zoo,
you live in a zoo
but you should'nt have too.
If everyone would donate a dollar or two,
penguins could be released,
into the wild away from the zoo!!!

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 2:24pm
Dejanae Scott's picture
Dejanae Scott says:

Penguins to me are very interesting animals to study and learn about.For example the males have to do the baby-sitting,for example they babysit by keeping the baby warm and making sure nothing happens to them.

posted on Thu, 01/04/2007 - 4:24pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

pointyus maximus

posted on Fri, 01/05/2007 - 6:06pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what i'm thinking about is that squeezy thingy that nurses use to suck the phlegm from new babies' noses. and for this penguin, it'd have to be a super long skinny one, i mean mega long, and mega skinny. i'd like to see someone make one just for the purpose of sucking stuff out of this penguin's nose.

posted on Fri, 01/05/2007 - 6:29pm
allison's picture
allison says:

it appears that the beak is very important to the emperor penguin

posted on Fri, 01/05/2007 - 9:36pm
Arron's picture
Arron says:

The Emperor Penguin is a family type penguin. They travel a long way to make their families.

posted on Sat, 01/06/2007 - 2:47pm
alyia's picture
alyia says:

that is a freky thing

posted on Sat, 01/06/2007 - 3:30pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is half white and half black.

posted on Sat, 01/06/2007 - 6:28pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i think it is cool howthe penguins' bodies are built.

posted on Sat, 01/06/2007 - 6:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

penguins are cool
penguins are great
you may not think much
of this bird of odd state
but if you knew
or researched them a bit
I think you would find that
now even you can't quit!

posted on Sat, 01/06/2007 - 7:36pm
Matt's picture
Matt says:

They are about 4 feet tall.

posted on Sun, 01/07/2007 - 11:46am
Emily H.'s picture
Emily H. says:

Yesterday, my family watched a show about following emperor penguins under the ice in the ocean surrounding Antarctica. I was so cool to learn that these animals can live in such and extreme environment. I also liked seeing the type of technology scientists use to study these animals.

posted on Sun, 01/07/2007 - 2:15pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Most penguins live in the south pole.

posted on Sun, 01/07/2007 - 2:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Penguins, primarily are pretty particular about picking purple petunias.

posted on Tue, 01/09/2007 - 4:16pm
Robb Korhonen's picture
Robb Korhonen says:

An Emperor Penguin's skull is 8 inches long. And I have studied it and it seems like a boy Emperor Penguin skull. And if you come to the room next to the news area and look for the big sign that says object of the month and press the red button you can see it! Come see it!!!

posted on Thu, 01/11/2007 - 3:59pm
risa's picture
risa says:

how many of the worlds penguins live in the polar regions? i've heard some live on the coasts of south america (?).

posted on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 1:09pm
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EWALKCHIC101the buzz guzz says:

the skull is aabout 8inches to81/2inches long.Also as you may have noticed the scull has a long black beack that takes up about 1/4 of the sckull.Also as you may notice it has a huge eye soccet that is about the size ofmy hand.Also the scull has a ridge right abouve the eye soccet.Plus you may notice the bump on the back of the head that may have be from a bad fall on the ice.

posted on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 7:42pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:


posted on Fri, 01/12/2007 - 8:39pm
bryanna's picture
bryanna says:

This skull looks kind of freaky, and deeky. Very sharp!

posted on Sat, 01/13/2007 - 6:56pm
Ben Gallup's picture
Ben Gallup says:

I think that the emperor penguin used it's beak to make holes in the ice.

posted on Sun, 01/14/2007 - 1:18pm
Carl Fredrik's picture
Carl Fredrik says:

They are black. They have a big beak.

posted on Sun, 01/14/2007 - 4:41pm
green day wannabe's picture
green day wannabe says:

this object of specification is a rare object of north antarctica. a truly rare specimen

posted on Sun, 01/14/2007 - 4:49pm
science whiz's picture

Well I love peginens a lot!!!!!!!!!! and yes they mostly live on the south pole but there are some live trpyical place!!! anyways they are all really really really cute and i hope that i can see one someday in their natural home!!!!!!!!!!!! because i love them soooooo much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 01/14/2007 - 5:33pm
science whiz's picture
science whiz says:

well first of all they are dead so it is not so cute anymore but you know when they were not dead that were very cute and this male had a very big nose and it is still black which is very cool!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 01/14/2007 - 5:35pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i never thought a penguin skull looked like this

posted on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 12:13pm
 kailyn's picture
kailyn says:

This is amazing animal and cool.

posted on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 1:00pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Penguins live in the water and they eat other animals to survive.

posted on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 2:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

if you haven't read anything else than mine, you should. They are super funny. It's amazing what people will say about random things.

posted on Mon, 01/15/2007 - 2:44pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This mysterious shape known as the Emperor Penguin skull was created in 1992 by government scientists in an attempt to revive extinct creatures.

posted on Fri, 01/19/2007 - 6:25pm
billy-bob-jr.'s picture
billy-bob-jr. says:

how tall are average sized penguins?

posted on Sat, 01/20/2007 - 10:40am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Penguinuitous skull

posted on Sat, 01/20/2007 - 11:39am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

amazing how the penguin evolved with these ducts!

posted on Sat, 01/20/2007 - 5:40pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Emperor Penguin's skull is about the size of a large birds head, ranging from 7 to 9 inches in length. The beak of this particular bird itself is about 2 1/2 in long. Although the eye sockets appear large, the eyes themselves are only about 3/4 of an inch long.

posted on Sun, 01/21/2007 - 1:39pm
jada's picture
jada says:

penguins are furry wehen they are babies,

posted on Mon, 01/22/2007 - 2:11pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

emperor penguins are fascinating!

posted on Mon, 01/22/2007 - 3:01pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

what a penguin!!! i thought it was a whale...

posted on Mon, 01/22/2007 - 4:50pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

This is a particularly pretty peculiar penguin.

posted on Tue, 01/23/2007 - 4:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the dads take care of the babies.

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 11:49am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

why shouldn't the dads take care of the babies? they helped make them in the first place. they knew what they were getting into

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 2:45pm
Elphaba's picture
Elphaba says:

Emperor penguins are awesome! Anyone who has seen March of the Penguins or even Happy Feet knows what intriguing and fascinating creatures these are.

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 12:12pm
Nessarose's picture
Nessarose says:

I love learning about animals, such as emperor penguins! There are so many things to learn about them.

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 12:16pm
galinda or glinda's picture
galinda or glinda says:

I'm not here, but emperor penguins are cool, and skulls are cooler!

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 12:17pm
hayley s.'s picture
hayley s. says:

this is huge it is scary that it has a long beak

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 1:17pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Emperor Penguin skulls are really cool. I love penguins. It's is sad that penguins have to die, but it is good to teach people about what it is.

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 1:45pm
Anna's picture
Anna says:

Not all penguins live in a cold enviorment! Many live in warm places. Weird!

posted on Fri, 01/26/2007 - 2:19pm
mackenzie's picture
mackenzie says:

how big do they grow

posted on Sat, 01/27/2007 - 2:26pm
R.J.'s picture
R.J. says:

Cool!!! Penguins skulls are very interesting
I did not know that the penguin had a salt glands
in their skulls...

posted on Sat, 01/27/2007 - 2:51pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I loved the movie March of the Penguins. They are beautiful anmials. Werd.

posted on Sat, 01/27/2007 - 3:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

emperor penguin skull

emperor penguin skull,
emperor penguin skull,
so old and dull.
yes, i said...........
emperor penguin skull!
so old and dull!

posted on Sun, 01/28/2007 - 12:31pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Thats a big penguin skull.!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 01/28/2007 - 3:26pm
Victoria's picture
Victoria says:

This really has a big beak.

posted on Sun, 01/28/2007 - 3:52pm
Some guys's picture
Some guys says:

It looks like a woodpecker.

posted on Mon, 01/29/2007 - 10:33am
linda & ShyAnne's picture
linda & ShyAnne says:

Emperor Penguins are a strange and interesting creature. But, aren't we all??

posted on Mon, 01/29/2007 - 12:04pm
randi nikko's picture
randi nikko says:

polar bears can swim but so can them little birds which we call penguins

posted on Tue, 01/30/2007 - 12:12pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

It is a bird skull , Penguin to be exact.

posted on Tue, 01/30/2007 - 3:34pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Perhaps purple, polka-dotted penguins are pretty peculiar!!!

posted on Tue, 01/30/2007 - 4:09pm
batgirl's picture
batgirl says:

oh mr. penguin.
you are black and white.
you compare nothing to batman.
you are in fact a weird looking thing.
your cane, and coat are cool...
but batman rocks my socks.

posted on Wed, 01/31/2007 - 1:14pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I wish the show "March of the Penguins" would have shown me a picture of this skull. :-)

posted on Thu, 02/01/2007 - 3:40pm
Chad J Kress's picture
Chad J Kress says:

These are funny looking birds. Ha Ha Ha theymake me giggle with their funny faces w00t!!!!!!!!

posted on Fri, 02/02/2007 - 5:37pm
abby's picture
abby says:

Antartica seems cold to us, but just fine for penguins.

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 1:10pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

very large eye cavity. Its interesting how large the nostril.

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 2:03pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Penguin is oly 8 inches but that could be really big for all you know! The beak is black on the bone not just the fur.

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 3:04pm
Sean Gallagher's picture
Sean Gallagher says:

This penguin skull is very big for a emperor penguin. There is a spot just above the eye where they used to store salty glands.

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 3:29pm
Jessi's picture
Jessi says:

Penguins are very adaptable to their environment. They struggle to survive in everyday life to the rapidly changing waters in the anarctic climate.

posted on Sat, 02/03/2007 - 4:05pm
Bonnie M's picture
Bonnie M says:

Interesting to look at the skull and imagine the being's point-of-view on life. Those enormous side sockets would give anybird a humbling sense of vulnerabilty, and the downward-pointing slope of its bill shows where its attention was likely focused for most of its life--on the cold ground or on deeper waters.

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 8:53am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

the skull is really weird looking. i like the way the beak is black.

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 1:38pm
alexa's picture
alexa says:

this is an cool penguin skull. it is about 7.5 inches it is so cool you should put more things like this on here.

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 2:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

penguins are cool
penguins are sweet
it would bee cool
too see them walk
down the street
they waddle around
so cute so fat
i love peguins!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 2:52pm
deity's picture
deity says:

How did it get here?

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 3:20pm
penguin  person's picture
penguin person says:

This looks way to big to be a penguin! Wait maybe not it is cool but how did they get a skull?

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 3:58pm
Alex & Sam's picture
Alex & Sam says:

Sam says:
Penguins live on the South Pole and walk in a funny way called waddling. They live on the ice. It is really cold every day.

Alex says:
Penguins live on ice and they waddle silly. They walk with their feet together. They don't walk how people walk

posted on Sun, 02/04/2007 - 4:08pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Baby penguins are thigmotaxic: they orient themselves and move in response to contact with another solid body. It's self-preservation, really. If the little ones step off their parents' feet, where they're protected from the cold and wind, they're likely to freeze to death. So they're evolutionarily programmed to stay close.

(My mother always referred to clingy toddlers as "thigmos.")

posted on Tue, 02/06/2007 - 10:03pm
Breanna Smith's picture
Breanna Smith says:

Its about 8 inches long and it looks like a bird skull! It looks like it is about 25 years old.

posted on Tue, 02/13/2007 - 10:58am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The beak is black at the edge! I didn't know that was bone! How weird. I don't ever want to go home!

posted on Fri, 02/16/2007 - 6:44pm
Prachee's picture
Prachee says:

Baby penguins are sooo cute!!!!!

posted on Thu, 05/17/2007 - 6:57pm
Alicia Marie Alyea's picture
Alicia Marie Alyea says:

I think that the emperor penguin has narrower skull and beak then most penguins beccause of the prey that it eats

posted on Tue, 04/15/2008 - 12:33pm