An Adélie penguin, scientifically named as Pygoscelis adeliae, a species of penguin common along the entire Antarctic coastal part, mostly southerly distributed of all seabirds, as are the Emperor Penguin, the South Polar Skua, the Wilson's Storm Petrel, the Snow Petrel, and the Antarctic Petrel are now in the eyes of a scientist because of necrophilia, rape and masturbation.
George Murray Levick, a doctor engaged mostly his life in researching on the reproduction and the genital evolution and movement of the penguin through out the Polar Regions, who journeyed alongside Captain Robert Scott to the Antarctic, recorded when his expedition spent almost a year in 1911-1912 at Cape Adare, on the Ross Sea.
Levick recorded these observations — which he deemed the evidence of astonishing depravity on the part of the penguins; and attempted to share them when he returned home to Britain, but the Natural History Museum of London ultimately deemed the report too sensational and scandalous for publication.
Douglas Russell, a curator of birds’ eggs and nests at the Natural History Museum at Tring, in Hertfordshire, England, rediscovered Levick’s long-forgotten report on the sexual penchant of the Adélie penguins while researching for another project. The document which was stamped with “Not for publication” in bold letters — was rather shocking, he told in an interview in The Telegraph.
“It is the most graphic account of challenging sexual behavior you are going to read. It is challenging now, but for 1915 when Levick submitted it for publication, it is extraordinary,” he said. ”It would have been a bombshell if they had published it at the time,” he further added.
Adélie penguins are famous for engaging in prostitution and regular thievery, but some of the revelations in Levick’s report go well beyond these behaviors – for example, this description of an attempt by a male penguin to copulate with the frozen corpse of a female, as quoted in the Telegraph.
“I saw a cock engaged in the sexual act upon the dead body of a white-throated Adélie of the previous year. This took somewhat over a minute, the position taken up by the cock differing in no way from that of normal copulation.”he stated.
Still, these shocking sexual activities may not have ultimately led to the museum’s decision not to publish Levick’s observations.
Rather, the fact that the penguins occasionally engaged in homosexual acts could have been the tipping point for suppression. Russell also told The Telegraph that the doctor-turned-explorer in polar regions for observing the sexual behavior of penguins may have coded his notes in Greek because he feared the repercussions of describing the penguins’ homosexual behavior. That acts which were still illegal in Britain at the time.