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New penguin 'supercolony' found in Antarctica


Posted on Friday, 2 March, 2018 | Comment icon 14 comments

Adelie penguins were first discovered in 1840. Image Credit: CC BY 2.0 Christopher Michel
Scientists have discovered a huge colony of over 1.5 million rare penguins on a remote Antarctic island.
Over the last few decades, the number of Adelie Penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula has been in steady decline, most likely due to the environmental effects of global warming.

Now though, an incredible new find has revealed the existence of a previously unknown 'supercolony' of these penguins on the remote and inaccessible Danger Islands off the peninsula's northern tip.

The discovery was made by researchers at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) who initially became suspicious that something could be there after analyzing NASA satellite images.

When they finally visited the islands themselves to take a closer look, they found a staggering 1.5 million Adelie penguins - more than in the rest of the entire Antarctic Peninsula region combined.

"Not only do the Danger Islands hold the largest population of Adelie penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula, they also appear to have not suffered the population declines found along the western side of Antarctic Peninsula that are associated with recent climate change," said co-author Michael Polito.


Source: Phys.org | Comments (14)

Tags: Penguins, Antarctic

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hankenhunter on 3 March, 2018, 9:06
I don't think they are rare anymore. Hank
Comment icon #6 Posted by Black Monk on 3 March, 2018, 14:48
British penguins.
Comment icon #7 Posted by LightAngel on 4 March, 2018, 4:45
Great
Comment icon #8 Posted by joc on 4 March, 2018, 4:50
Morbid thought I know... ...I was just wondering if there are any human cultures that eat penguins...
Comment icon #9 Posted by khol on 4 March, 2018, 5:22
People eat more morbid things for food....https://www.hostelworld.com/blog/the-50-weirdest-foods-from-around-the-world/...Also the way chickens and cattle are raised as a commodity ratherthen a living thing is far more appalling.I do recall reading early explorers eating penquin as a way of survival. Also the eggs. Idont believe itscommon practice. I guess it comes down to how hungry you are I suppose !
Comment icon #10 Posted by Black Monk on 4 March, 2018, 11:56
It's impossible to have "morbid" food. Food is food. And humans are natural omnivorous creatures and therefore need to eat meat.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Black Monk on 4 March, 2018, 12:05
Just as there are 1.5 million penguins living on the Danger Islands in the British Overseas Territory known as British Antarctic Territory, there are also many penguins living in another British Overseas Territory - the Falkland Islands. Falkland Islanders don't eat the penguins themselves but do eat their eggs.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Piney on 4 March, 2018, 18:01
I'd imagine they would be too greasy and a pain in the butt to cook. Like snow geese. I eat goose eggs but I don't want to, nor have the time to,stick something in the oven and babysit a grease pan all day. I thinkpenguin would taste really fishy too.
Comment icon #13 Posted by BorizBadinov on 5 March, 2018, 2:54
When I saw this topic on the forum page it read "Hidden Penguin Super Col" So naturally I read it as Hidden Penguin Super Collider. Anything that cute has to be up to something. You know they are....
Comment icon #14 Posted by khol on 5 March, 2018, 4:09
This is a great video..this little guy survived another day !


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