Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Polar Bears and Penguins

I developed a somewhat odd pet peeve while writing Ice: I can't handle cute illustrations of polar bears frolicking with penguins. It causes me to start ranting.

Polar bears = Arctic = top of the world. Penguins = Antarctica = bottom of the world. Even if those cute little flightless birds wander up to South America, we're still talking opposite hemispheres. Seriously, these creatures could not live farther apart without leaving the planet. Seeing a polar bear with
a penguin would be like walking into your backyard and seeing a chipmunk frolicking with an elephant. It doesn't happen. They don't live together!

*deep breath*

I adore this cartoon, by David Farley, poking fun at all this.

Also, polar bears don't catch fish. Oh, they'll happily eat a fish if they find one laying around, but they don't sit by a hole in the ice and scoop fish out of the ocean with their fuzzy paws. That's grizzlies, and they're scooping out of streams where the fish don't have a whole lot of room to escape. Polar bears live on the sea ice, above the Arctic Ocean, which as the name suggests, is an OCEAN, where the fish have plenty of room to swim and little reason to
hang out at the surface next to holes in the ice. Scooping one out with a fuzzy paw would be much like catching a fly with chopsticks a la Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid -- a fun trick for parties but by no means a viable way to feed a species. No, polar bears eat seals. Cute, adorable, fuzzy-whiskered seals. Unlike fish, seals are mammals and have to swim up to holes in the ice to breathe. And when they do..... Dinnertime.

This one, by ARG! Cartoon Animation Studio, is rather awesome too.

I will forgive an illustration of a polar bear holding a fish though, because a bear holding a bloody seal is not nearly as cute and charming.

But polar bears and penguins frolicking together..... No. Just no.

Okay, I'm done with my rant now. Off to drink a Coke.

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At 3:42 AM, Blogger Sara {Rhapsody and Chaos} said...

Okay - penguins or no... those coke commercials are pretty much the highlight of my holiday commercial year :-) So cute!

At 5:18 PM, Blogger Kirthi said...

I love the David Farley cartoon, it's hilarious! And I agree with the peevish issue with polar bears and penguins :)

At 6:33 PM, Blogger Bookworm said...

I love that ad. ADORABLE! <3 (:

At 7:36 PM, Blogger Phebe H.L. said...

I love everything, hehe

At 5:53 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Don't underestimate the resolve and resourcefulness of penguins. Plus, wasn't there a Stargate in Antarctica? With access to advanced technology, I'm guessing penguins could macgyver a way to get to the Arctic to frolic with the polar bears.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger Sarah Beth Durst said...

Sara: I like to think that the Coke commercial people know that penguins are from Antarctica, and they're trying for a peace-around-the-world, it's-a-small-world kind of message...

Kirthi: It didn't used to bother me, but now... like fingernails on a chalkboard.

Bookworm: Me too! It totally makes me smile.

Phebe: :)

Cathie: It would have been kind of awesome if Jack had had to kick a penguin out of the chair...

At 5:57 PM, Blogger TerryLynnJohnson said...

I'll have to agree here - my husband and I (both being Conservation Officers) have also been known to rant when the commercials come on.

Just finished ICE and LOVED it, of course!

At 1:00 AM, Anonymous One piece download said...

Despite what commercials and other sources may show, penguins and polar bears cannot meet without human intervention. This is because the two species are found on opposite hemispheres. Polar bears inhabit the northern hemisphere, while penguins mainly inhabit the southern hemisphere. This is a misconception that is fueled by popular culture such as movies and television.

At 6:48 PM, Blogger NoBodySpecial said...

you mad over acartoon grow up and dont be so scient guy about everything gesh its still cute

At 9:54 AM, Anonymous Viagra Online said...

I liked these cute polar bears and penguins pictures. In there, they seem to get along pretty well.
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At 5:04 AM, Anonymous POLARFAISE said...

You're right, fish don't hang out by holes in the ice, seals do, however polar bears are great swimmers, capable of holding thier breath for up to 3 minutes. If you would, please humor me and read my web book Ursus Maritimus (Bears of the Sea) http:// Polar Bears rule! Excuse me while I go find a white crayon and color a polar bear, also, please check out my forum, there is a link to it on my home page

At 5:12 AM, Anonymous POLARFAISE said...

another thing, I think if polar bears and penguins lived together,
polar bears and penguins may form a symbiotic relationship.
Polar bears prey on seals and seals on penguins.
Maybe they would get along, like polar bears and wolves, wolf dogs


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