The Great Auk’s ghost rose on one leg, Sighed thrice and three times winkt, And turned and poached a phantom egg And muttered, “I’m extinct.”
The Great Auk was once a flourishing species that could be found off many North Atlantic coastlines. Once used heavily as bait for commercial fishing, the Great Auk became classified as extinct in 1844.
For even cooler information, check out this article in the Daily Mail and see what efforts are being explored to bring this species back.
– poem by: Ralph Hodgson from the book The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales by Gladys Schwarcz and Vic Crume