Antarctic pioneer stumbled upon gangs of single penguins that indulged in a string of stomach-turning sex acts that were kept under wraps until now
The secret life of sex-mad “hooligan” penguins rampaging around the South Pole was kept under wraps by a stunned Antarctic explorer.
Do you come here often? A male penguin makes his move in the super cool surroundings of the Antarctica. Pic/Getty
George Murray Levick endured the coldest temperatures on earth, life-threatening blizzards, survived by eating blubber and was part of the fatal 1911 Terra Nova expedition.
While Levick — a surgeon, zoologist and photographer —survived the mission, Captain Scott and two others perished in their tent on the Ross Ice Shelf.
But of all the things that could have left Levick mentally scarred — it was the debauched behaviour of the region’s resident penguins that turned his stomach the most, reports the Evening Chronicle.
During his time with the Scott expedition, Levick undertook a detailed study of an Adelie penguin colony —and was so shocked by what he saw that his findings were censored.
Levick wrote his eye-opening observations in Greek, and printed just 100 copies of his penguin porn research, Sexual Habits of the Adélie Penguin, for limited use by scientists.
His X-rated paper was excluded from the official Scott report.
Levick had a particular hatred for the single male penguins he watched.
The scientist with the 1910-13 Scott Antarctic Expedition wrote: “Half a dozen or more hang about the outskirts of the knolls, whose inhabitants they annoy by their constant acts of depravity.”
Levick’s work was largely lost to science but later explorers confirmed his finding.
As for Levick himself, he returned from penguins' answer to Magaluf to serve in the Royal Navy during the First World War. He died in 1956.
Levick blasted the ‘hooligan’ behaviour he witnessed – which included male penguins:
>> Having sex with dead females
>> Abusing, bullying chicks
>> Males having sex with males