Subject: Penguin in Alaska
Date: Aug 2 19:27:49 2002
From: Ruth Sullivan - GODWIT at

I am so exited about this smal little Penguine in the boat and read the
Ketchikan Daily News what Sharron Hoffman put on to tweeters.I bough a book
of Penguins by Mitsuaki Iwago's which have some phantastic photos of this
creatures.But there is not the Humboldt species in this book,but i looked
it up in my Seabird Fieldguide.This is real rare,but this penguine was smart
to hitch a ride,maybe some one can take him back where he came from.

Ruth Sullivan
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From: "Jon. Anderson and Marty Chaney" <festuca at>
To: "Tweeters" <tweeters at>
Cc: <dmark at>
Sent: Friday, August 02, 2002 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: Penguin in Alaska

> Subject: From: David Mark <dmark at>
> Date: Thu, 1 Aug 2002 16:08:25 -0400 (EDT)
> The article says that the penguin was photographed. Are pictures of the
> Alaska penguin available on the web?
> David
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> David M. Mark
> Amherst, New York (near Buffalo; home location)
> dmark at
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> Hi David -
> KRBD radio news story; scroll down to 'local news' for audio report and a
> photo at the bottom..
> and a photo of the bird..
> "Talk about a catch! The fishing vessel Chirikof this month caught a
> in its seine net near Noyes Island off the west coast of Prince of Wales
> Island. A penguin expert at the University of Washington has identified
> bird as a Humboldt Penguin, which hails from South America. As Deanna
> Garrison reports, bird experts from around the state say this is the first
> time a penguin has been documented in Alaska. (MP3) July 29 2002 - Web
> posted Monday - July 29 2002..."
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> Dee Boersma, from the UW was interviewed for the story; she speculated
> the bird could have been transported as a "pet" from the Galapagos, or
> it could be a member or offspring of a group of penguins that were
> off Vancouver Island about 15 years ago. The bird was released from the
> fishing net it was caught in, and released back to the Noyes Island area
> waters. Maybe it'll cruise past our coastline this fall?
> What a cool story!
> Jon. Anderson
> Olympia, Washington
> festuca at
> There's a discussion of this on the Bird-Bycatch Listserver...
> >>> "Kim Rivera" <Kim.Rivera at> 08/02/02 11:13AM >>>
> interesting! here's additional sightings reported off British
> Humboldt Penguin (Spehniscus humboldti)
> Page 390 in Campbell, R. W. et al. 1990. The Birds of British Columbia.
> Volume One. Nonpasserines. CWS/RBCM
> British Columbia records:
> 1944: a report of a single penguin on a beach at Rose Spit, Masset, Queen
> Charlotte Islands.
> 1975: a report of a single penguin at Long Beach.
> June 1978: three reports of 1-2 penguins, presumed to be of this species,
> off northern Vancouver Island at three separate localities.
> "It is unlikely the penguins sighted in British Columbia were caged
> or that they dispersed 10,000 km by swimming from their range
> off the Peruvian and Chilean coasts. Rather, the occurrences are
> to be the result of transport and release by fishermen."
> Washington State record:
> 27 August 1985: a Humboldt Penguin was observed off the Washington coast,
> according to Steve Speich (pers. comm.).
> Mjrauz at wrote:
> > That reminds me that back in the USFWS Outer Continental Shelf Energy
> Exploration Cruises, in 1976, some neophte observers reported seeing
> penguins" in the Gulf of Alaska. We laughed it off as a typo- assuming
> saw 'brown pelicans," in itself an extralimital observation. So if this
> is not a release, they could have seen them before up north.
> >
> > Mark Rauzon
> > Marine Endeavours