Other records peg Eldey Island, in Iceland, as the place where the last pair of great auks
The great auk
, a flightless seabird similar to a penguin, Ivell's sea anemone, Mitten's beardless-moss and York groundsel, a weed, have all become extinct since 1800
QUIZ CHALLENGE: 1 Perestroika; 2 Montmorency; 3 Carousel; 4 The great auk
; 5 County Cork.
Some of these were spectacular large organisms, such as Steller's sea cow, the Caribbean monk seal, and the great auk
, whereas others, such as most of the fishes, invertebrates, and seaweeds on the list, are known primarily to specialists.
If we are not careful the Liver Bird, which is already on the endangered species list, may soon go the way of the dodo, the moa and the great auk
. Its roost on the Liver Building could be taken over by superlambananas and the people of Liverpool will eventually think of it as a mere legend, similar to the fire-breathing dragons of old.
A word sounding like penguin was first used to describe the now extinct great auk
, but the choice of name is unlikely to have had Welsh input as the vanished bird only had a white spot in front of each eye.
Some victims are already gone: the great auk
, passenger pigeon, woodland bison, dodo (and with it the tambalocoque tree, dependent for its germination on the passage of its seed through the dodo's digestive tract).
The most notorious losses were the dodo (hunted to extinction by sailors in the 17th century) and the great auk
(killed for its skin and eggs in the 19th century).
hopes, regrets, the red-throated loon, the great auk
If we are not careful, the only sparrow that future generations see will be stuffed and standing forlornly next to the extinct great auk
in the city museum.
The true northern penguin, the great auk
(family Alcidae), was also flightless, a member of the Charadriiformes related to gulls, auks, and lapwings.
Yet Okihiro is an anthropologist who seems to be `in love' with the culture he studied, and like all lovers, may be blinded to his beloved's flaws (which in this case include the reduction of several important wildlife species, from the Great Auk