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Christian Salvesen, a whaling company based in Leith, operated ships from a whaling station known as Leith Harbour on South Georgia. Surrounded by large numbers of Gentoo penguins, this place provided whalers with an abundant source of penguin eggs. These were collected as souvenirs and even used to make omelettes. The whalers also brought back the first live penguins to Edinburgh Zoo in 1914.

Gentoo penguin egg from Paradise Bay, South Georgia. Resting on cotton-wool in tin lid.
The long-tailed gentoo penguin is a penguin species in most closely related to the Adelie penguin and the chinstrap penguin. The first scientific description was made in 1781 by Johann Reinhold Forster with a reference point of the Falkland Islands. They call in a variety of ways, but the most frequently heard is a loud trumpeting which is emitted with its head thrown back.
This penguin egg is from a penguin brought by the Salvesen whalers from South Georgia.
Christian Salvesen, a whaling company based in Leith, operated ships from a whaling station known as Leith Harbour on South Georgia. Surrounded by large numbers of Gentoo penguins, this place provided whalers with an abundant source of penguin eggs. These were collected as souvenirs and even used to make omelettes. The whalers also brought back the first live penguins to Edinburgh Zoo in 1914.
South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands (SGSSI) is a UK Overseas Territory, situated 800 miles SE of the Falkland Islands. The main island of South Georgia is approximately 170 km long and between 2 and 40 km wide and occupies an area of 3,755 km2, more than half of which is permanently ice covered. Mt Paget rises to 2,934 m and is the highest point in all UK mainland and territories. The South Sandwich Islands are a chain of eleven small volcanic islands stretching from 56-60oS, 350-500 miles SE of South Georgia. The South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Maritime Zone (200 nm from baselines) occupies in excess of 1,000,000 km2 of the Southern Ocean.
Collection Type
Date Made
1955
Period
Dimensions
60 x 80 x 70mm
Property Information
Accession No
TRH580

Object Type

Egg

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