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Penguin Metropolis Organic Silk Scarf

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Penguins On Thin Ice & Breaking Icebergs.

Explore a parallel utopian world where penguins rule and thrive on a stable and beautiful planet. We combined aerial images of adult king penguins in Antarctica brooding chicks with a satellite image of emperor penguin tracks over thin ice at the Halley Bay colony near the Brunt Ice Shelf, Antarctic region. Developed in collaboration with British Antarctic Survey and Maxar Technologies.


We used images on Of Giants And Kings and Emperor Penguins On Thin Ice by British Antarctic Survey. These projects were part of UK Universities COP26 Network's Innovation Showcase.

Of Giants And Kings is an aerial photograph showing adult king penguins in Antarctica brooding chicks by John Dickens, British Antarctic Survey.

Emperor Penguins On Thin Ice shows emperor penguin tracks over thin ice at the Halley Bay colony near the Brunt Ice Shelf in 2017. The sea-ice here, on which penguins breed, has failed for four consecutive years leading to the breeding failure of emperor penguins. British Antarctic Survey Wildlife from Space project uses very high-resolution satellite imagery to count and track the behaviour and reactions of penguins and other polar species to environmental change. Project by Dr Peter Fretwell, British Antarctic Survey. Satellite imagery by Maxar Technologies, 2021.

Product Description

-Designed in Scotland.
-Size: 55cm x 55cm.
-Design printed on (GOTS certified) 100% organic silk twill.
-Each scarf is finished by hand with hand-rolled edges.
-Made in the UK with care and love.
-Dry Clean Only.

Your scarf comes inside a beautiful plastic-free, embossed Crùbag gift box with a special Climate Change Collection booklet, sharing the science stories and images that inspired the collection. You also receive a Marine Science is Beautiful postcard. 

Scientific Story

Of Giants And Kings: In July 2017, a giant iceberg the size of the UK county of Somerset – named A68 - broke off from the Antarctic peninsula. One of the concerns was its potential to ground near the island of South Georgia and block access for iconic species, such as king penguins, to offshore foraging areas. In anticipation, a British Antarctic Survey science team equipped 18 king penguins with GPS and Depth tags. These recorded the location every half hour and depth every 5 seconds, allowing 3D tracks to be reconstructed. Data were downloaded by a radio link to a base station situated at the colony, so tags did not need to be recovered to obtain the data.

In addition to trackers, aerial images of king penguin colonies were taken, allowing population counts to examine potential effects of the giant iceberg on population size and breeding success. In this lucky case, no large fragments of iceberg obstructed penguin foraging, but had it grounded, it would have obstructed access to feeding areas, with potential consequences for chick growth and survival.

As King penguins take two years to fledge, two cohorts of chicks were observed in a colony in February. The old ones survived the South Georgia winter with minimal parental care, being fed between five and zero times over a 5-month period.

Tracks and surveys are being compared to previous comparable data from non-berg years and with oceanography data to determine whether there is evidence for the berg causing changes (e.g. due to lowered temperature, salinity or increases in iceberg fragments). This innovative combination of remote sensing technologies helps develop our understanding of how wildlife populations are affected by and adapt to climate change and contributes to informing management decisions to protect fragile and iconic ecosystems.

Emperor Penguins On Thin Ice: Another example is the failure of sea-ice near the Brunt Ice shelf, which has left emperor penguins searching for other breeding sites. At the poles, sea ice is changing rapidly, reducing in extent, breaking out earlier and becoming more unstable. Many Antarctic species rely on this ecosystem for food and as a stable breeding platform.

Remote sensing, machine learning and deep learning techniques can be combined to automate the process of finding and counting animals in satellite imagery, including penguins, whales and albatross. The development of these techniques and the use of new satellites has enabled us to develop methods to track species population trends over time, making some of these animals, that live in some of the most remote environments on Earth, to be some of the best studied.

Knowledge of animal population trends and breeding behaviour are vital to understanding how species will cope with the long-term implications of climate change. The polar regions are warming on average twice as fast as other parts of the globe and understanding how endemic polar species are adapting to these changes allows us to better predict their future numbers.

Positive Impact

Each scarf its paired with its written ocean literacy story, sharing the science and images that inspired the collection. 

We give back 10% of our profits to support important environmental research and our community engagement activities. 

By wearing your scarf and sharing the story, you are now part of the ocean advocacy movement, educating, inspiring others around you and helping communicate and fund important environmental science.

Shipping and returns

FREE SHIPPING IN THE UK. We offer FREE standard shipping to all our customers in the UK.

All orders in the UK, unless otherwise agreed, will be shipped via: Royal Mail, Signed For 1st Class.

INTERNATIONAL ORDERS are charged at £12.50 and may take up to 7-10 working days or longer to reach their destination. We are not responsible for any delays caused by customs clearance processes.

International orders, unless otherwise agreed, will be shipped via: Royal Mail or Fedex International Priority.

RETURNS POLICY: If you are not completely satisfied with your purchase, we are sorry to hear that. Please return the item within 14 days of receipt.

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Customer Reviews

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Caron Dalby
Beautiful and meaningful

Beautiful scarf, with an ecological meaning and ethical process. My daughter bought me this for Mothers day and I absolutely love it. The quality is fab and the colours are so me, thank you.