Extinct: Great Auk: These auks were flightless penguins from the Atlantic. They were one of the largest auks standing about 30-34 inches high. They had white and glossy black feathers, and were once seen in huge numbers in the northern frigid areas. Records show that they were hunted to extinction in these places.
EXTINCT:Great Auk Pinguinus impennis A flightless, penguin-like bird that was clumsy on land but swift in water. It lived in vast colonies on the Atlantic shores and islands of the US and Canada, Scandinavia and even Britain. What happened? It was ruthlessly hunted by sailors and colonists for its down, eggs and flesh. Despite formal protection by the British in 1755, only a few were left at the start of the 19th century. By then, they were in great demand by collectors and institution...
Great Auk c. 1900 A rare example of an animal carved in rock crystal, which although used extensively by Fabergé for other objects - notably the trompe-l’oeil flower vases was sparingly used for animals and birds. Text adapted from Fabergé in the Royal Collection Provenance Probably acquired by King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra; in the Royal Collection by 1953
On this day in 1844, the last Great Auk, a relative of puffins and razorbills, was killed on an island off the coast of Iceland. Humans hunted the Great Auk for over 100,000 years. With few natural predators, the Auk had no innate fear of people.
Great Auk - The Great Auk swam like a fish, walked like a penguin, and flew like a stone. But he adapted happily to ocean life, prospering from Iceland to Florida, while heading the menus of North Atlantic islanders for three hundred years. Then the professional hunters invaded his nurseries, butchering relentlessly for oil and feathers, encrusting Funk Island with discarded carcasses. The last of the Great Auks was clubbed to death in 1844, heading the obituary column of American birds.
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The Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis) was a large, flightless bird that became extinct in the mid-19th century. It was the only modern species in the genus Pinguinus, a group of birds that formerly included one other species of flightless giant auk from the Atlantic Ocean region. The Little Ice Age may have reduced the population of the Great Auk by exposing more of their breeding islands to predation by Polar Bears, but massive exploitation for their down drastically reduced the population.