Saturday 21 July 2018

Spot the difference - Skellig birds inspire 'Star Wars' creature

The new Star Wars character Porg
The new Star Wars character Porg
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The loveable new character that features in the latest 'Star Wars' film was inspired by the puffins of Skellig Michael.

The trailer for 'The Last Jedi' features the Porg, a fluffy bird-like creature with flapping wings. They are sea birds native to the planet Ahch-To, where Luke Skywalker has been living - with scenes filmed on the Skelligs.

The character is based on the appearance of a puffin
The character is based on the appearance of a puffin

Dr Mark Jessop, marine biologist in UCC, told RTÉ radio: "There's quite a few thousand [puffins] breeding on the Skelligs and that's where they did a lot of the filming for 'Star Wars' so ... they've taken them as an inspiration."

Irish Independent

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