Penguin colony discovered by satellite

By ExpeditionsOnline / 14 February 2013

Penguin colony discovered by satellite

A 9,000-strong colony of penguins has been discovered in Antarctica after scientists spotted their poo trails in satellite images.

The huge emperor penguin colony had never encountered humans until researchers found them on Antarctica’s Princess Ragnhild Coast.

Researchers from the British Antarctic Survey noticed the trail in 2009 while studying satellite images of Antarctica and it was not until December last year that three researchers from the International Polar Foundation found the colony.

Alain Hubert, founder of the International Polar Foundation, said the penguins were curious rather than scared of them.

He was quoted by NPR saying: ‘When you arrive, they just come to see you, to watch you, to turn around you.

Mr Hubert and his team had been investigating climate change from an Antarctic research station and after seeing a number of emperor penguins nearby, they thought a colony could be close by. After a 30-mile trip across sea ice, the team searched for hours until they found so many penguins it felt like they were on another planet, Mr Hubert said.

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