Penguin Tracks in the snow...
I have a National Geographic Magazine with a cover photo of
an Adelie penguin wearing an international orange vest containing his tracking
device and a transmitter with a little stubby VHF antenna. Cute little picture
and the vest sorta looks like an uninflated life vest, but only a PR would know
I could tell you about the Adelie penguin that was kept at the transmitter site at McMurdo. He was the on-site liaison between the Navy, NSF and the wandering band of radio tagged itinerant penguins. But that is another story and it would probably border on kinkiness, so I will keep it to myself.
Check the duct tape repairs on his jacket. Is that a reflector for
his RF on his neck/head? I guess in that case he would have to be tracked from
the South Pole since he would be heading North getting back to the coast. Satan
get thee behind me. That's what the penguins call the SARPs -- The Mothers of
This photo is circa 1970. Nowdays the penguins sport a little satellite dish mounted on a VXE-6 baseball cap.
The only incident I am aware of was we flew (318 crew) half
a dozen adelies to Pole Station and Byrd station and from what was explained to
me by the USARP escort was they were to be equipped with beepers and released
for tracking to see what direction they would take. The tracking receivers were
on R4D's so us herc jerkes never found out what the result was. All our
passengers to Pole and Byrd were very lovable and friendly on the trip up.
Another was when some guys put a pissed off Adelie in some guys Locker at Wille field. He really got a big surprise when he opened his locker and the penguin waddled away pissed but alive and squawkin.....
called the Crittercam. And is attached by velcro. He takes pictures of fish and
krill then all the penguins get together and watch the movie and discuss how
best to catch the fish.