A Million Penguins Can’t Be Wrong!

By Paul Homewood

 

Comment of the Week Award!!

 

Earlier today, I posted this revelation:

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On an expedition to an icy island chain off the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern tip, researchers discovered a massive supercolony of more than 1.5 million Adélie penguins, according to a study published March 2 in Scientific Reports.

Scientists had known of an Adélie penguin colony (Pygoscelis adeliae) in these Danger Islands, but satellite images revealed more guano on the rocky islands than could be explained by the colony’s expected numbers.

Even though the tiny island chain is only about 10 kilometers across, researchers hadn’t realized the extent of the penguin population, says study coauthor Heather Lynch, an ecologist at Stony Brook University in New York. “In the Antarctic, distances are so vast, something major could be just around the corner and you wouldn’t know.”

https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/science-ticker/penguin-supercolony-discovered-antarctica

 

 

Reader Joan Gibson commented:

“Even though the tiny island chain is only about 10 kilometers across, researchers hadn’t realized the extent of the penguin population, says study coauthor Heather Lynch, an ecologist at Stony Brook University in New York. ‘In the Antarctic, distances are so vast, something major could be just around the corner and you wouldn’t know.’”

Sorry, Heather, that does not cut it in the true scientific world. It is your job to rule out other colonies before bleating they are “toast”. When you have “toast” as an hypothesis, it is incumbent on you, as a scientist, to rule out other colonies before declaring “toast” as settled science.

Modern ecologists (for the past 4 decades) have been guilty of glittering generalities. It used to get them in trouble. They made assumptions, failed to follow up by actually looking, published and had egg on their faces when someone (usually a taxonomist) actually did look. Either they were too lazy to look OR, more likely, did not want to find a slew of penguins–bad for their “the sky is falling” statements. She says with the distances you wouldn’t know. It is their job to find out.

Thank you Joan.

I just wish our so-called scientists had half as much common sense!

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March 3, 2018 at 04:15PM

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