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Stole made from emperor penguin pelt, c1913

This stole was made from an emperor penguin pelt brought back from the Antarctic by Stanley Taylor, the leading fireman on the Steam Yacht Aurora during the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. There is also a matching muff (not shown). The stole measures 38 cm x 53 cm.


A leopard seal on ice

This is a colour photograph of a leopard seal ('Hydrurga leptonyx') lying on an ice floe. The seal is long and sinuous, and has a small head and a dark grey dorsal surface with a lighter grey underbelly. The seal has recently eaten, and blood from its kill can be seen on the ice.

Moving Image

Penguin wave better than a group hug!

Emperor penguins form a big, tightly packed huddle to keep warm in Antarctica, the coldest and windiest continent on Earth. But how do the ones on the outside of the huddle keep warm? Find out about a clever way of ensuring that no penguin is left out in the cold.


Siege of the South, 1931: Macquarie Island

This black-and-white clip shows the landing at Macquarie Island during the 1929 British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition (BANZARE) to Antarctica led by Australian geologist Sir Douglas Mawson. The scientific team leave their ship, the Discovery, in the bay and travel by launch to the breakers where ...


Siege of the South, 1931: Main Base, Commonwealth Bay

This black-and-white clip filmed and narrated by Frank Hurley shows the visit in 1929 to the abandoned Main Base Hut at Cape Denison on Commonwealth Bay in Antarctica by an expedition led by Sir Douglas Mawson. Outside the hut Mawson is shown brewing a billy, while his crew force ice off the front door. The interior of ...


The Aurora on the edge of the Antarctic iceshelf, c1912

This black-and-white image, developed from a lantern slide, shows the Aurora, a ship owned by the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, anchored at the edge of the Shackleton Ice Shelf off the Queen Mary Land coast in eastern Antarctica. A group of emperor penguins is in the foreground and what may be the Southern Lights can ...


Southern fur seal and giant petrel

This colour image is a photograph of a southern fur seal ('Arctocephalus gazella') eating a penguin, with a northern giant petrel ('Macronectes halli') taking off close by. The fur seal is dark grey and its face resembles that of a large dog. The petrel is grey-brown with a mottled pale head and breast.


The Last Husky, 1993: Emperor penguin rookery

This clip shows a sled team with huskies setting out for an emperor penguin rookery. Two scientists are shown observing the rookery from a distance and then crawling along the snow to observe the adult birds with their chicks at close range. The intimate interaction of chicks and adult birds in the rookery, including an ...


The Last Husky, 1993: Mush

This clip shows a graphic of planet Earth revolving and moving as the narrator describes Antarctica. An outline of part of the coastline shows the two bases Kloa and Mawson with the location of the emperor penguin rookeries to indicate the journey to be taken by the scientists and sled teams. The husky team and sled is ...


Happy Feet, 2006: 'It just ain't penguin'

This animated clip opens with a colony of Emperor penguins singing as they wait for the winter to end. It shows the arrival of spring in Antarctica with the first rays of sunshine and the breaking of ice as it thaws, followed by the hatching of Emperor penguin chicks and the first dancing steps taken by Mumble when he finally ...


'Penguins on the beach at The Nuggets and the remains of the Gratitude', 1911

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by Frank Hurley of hundreds of Royal penguins at The Nuggets on Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean, halfway to Antarctica from Australia. On the beach behind the penguins are the remains of a shipwreck. The penguins are in sunlight, but a hill rising sharply from the beach ...

Interactive resource

The Circle: ornithologist

Look at the structure and function of emperor penguins and Adelie penguins. Find out about breeding cycles and behaviour such as 'huddling' within a penguin colony. Explore how biologists study penguins in Antarctica. Examine a remote field station and data logging methods. This learning object is one in a series of eight ...

Teacher resource

Penguin diversity - mask making

This is a teacher resource that uses mask making to explore the adaptations of various species of penguins that enable them to live in different environments. It is designed as a one-hour lesson and includes teacher notes, a classroom PowerPoint presentation with important information about different species of penguins ...

Teacher resource

Classroom Antarctica: Antarctic animal life cycles

This is a learning sequence exploring the life cycles of six Antarctic animals and comparing their life stages and development. A story plan template is provided to guide the creation of student stories. The activities are supported by resources sourced from the Australian Antarctic Divisions' scientific and environmental ...

Teacher resource

Classroom Antarctica: Predators and prey

In this learning sequence, students explore feeding relationships between Antarctic animals. They investigate food chains and explore different predator-prey relationships in the food web. The activity compares the food chains of blue whales and orcas (killer whales) and considers how the changes in the amount of daylight ...

Teacher resource

The penguin project: Connected Learning Experience (CLE)

This CLE investigates heat transfer and heat insulators. Students explore these concepts through the context of Emperor penguins who huddle together to reduce heat lost from their bodies to the surrounding cold air. This CLE provides teachers with two inquiry-based investigations supported by a teaching and learning plan, ...