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Very first finds of the mythical Great Auk on Belgian coast

Ostend (2022.03.29) – The Great Auk, the 'penguin of the north', became extinct in 1844. Until then, this 75 cm large, 5 kg heavy non-flying seabird lived in the northern Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea. Thanks to citizen science, quite a few bones of this animal have been found in the Netherlands in recent years. Recently, citizens discovered the very first two bones of this extinct bird on Belgian beaches. A first.

Press release by: Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), together with the Natural History Museum Rotterdam

Read the full press release (in Dutch) here.

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