A colony of emperor penguins discovered thanks to satellite images

Spread the love

A colony of emperor penguins discovered thanks to satellite images

Emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri).

British scientists announced on Friday that they had identified a new colony of emperor penguins in Antarctica using satellite images of the continent, where this species is very threatened by global warming.

The research team spotted the 500-member colony thanks to the dark spots clearly visible from the space that the excrement of these animals make on the ice floe, details the British Antarctic Survey, a British research organization, in a press release.

Aerial imagery from the Maxar WorldView-3 satellite shows the recently discovered colony of emperor penguins at Verleger Point.

This new colony brings to 66 the number of groups of emperor penguins identified along the Antarctic coastline, half of which have now been spotted thanks to satellite images.

This is an exciting discovery […] but while it is good news […] this colony is small and in an area badly affected by melting sea ice, said Professor Peter Fretwell, who conducted this research for the British Antarctic Survey.

There are 66 known colonies of emperor penguins, half of which have been identified through satellite imagery.

The emperor penguin, the largest species of penguin that lives and breeds only& #x27;in Antarctica, was recently listed as an endangered species by the US Wildlife Authority.

Global warming and melting sea ice are putting the penguin's breeding grounds are in jeopardy, while ocean acidification threatens certain varieties of crustaceans on which it feeds.

Scientists believe that at the current rate of global warming, almost all emperor penguins could be extinct by the end of the century.

Scientists have been working on this colony identification project of penguins thanks to a satellite mission developed within the framework of the European program on climate change Co pernicus.

Previous Article
Next Article