New Penguin Super-Colony Spotted from Space

(From UPI)

Ecologists had grown concerned in recent years as they counted fewer and fewer Adélie penguins, once the most abundant species in Antarctica. It turns out, population surveys were ignoring a super-colony just off the coast of the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern tip.

With the help of satellite images, scientists were able to locate 1.5 million Adélie penguins congregating on a remote, jagged outcropping of islands known as the Danger Islands.

“Until recently, the Danger Islands weren’t known to be an important penguin habitat,” Heather Lynch, an associate professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University, said in a news release.

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