The Great Auk
  • The Great Auk
  • The Great Auk
The Great Auk - is currently on backorder. You may still purchase now though and we'll ship as soon as more become available.

The Great Auk is made of aluminium, cut in a water jet cutter and finally powder coated in the locally based workshop.

The Great Auk is an extinct species formerly of the genus Alca. It was up to 70cm high, weighing around 5 kg and was flightless. He was a great swimmer and ate fish. He survived the longest on the coasts of Iceland but the last two got killed at Eldey 3rd of June 1844. The Great Auk was an easy target and was mostly hunted for food, eggs and the feathers were used in clothing.

They are believed to have mated for life. Only around 80 mounted skins survive to this day and one of them can be found at the Icelandic Institute of Natural History that was bought to Iceland from an auction in London after a national fund raising.

Size: 12.5 cm x 6 cm