'Supercolony' of 1.5 million Adelie penguins found in Antarctica
Tehran (KNA) - A massive colony of Adelie penguins has been discovered in Antarctica, surprising scientists who had thought their numbers were in decline.
The 1.5 million penguins were spotted on the Danger Islands, a chain of nine rocky islands off the Antarctic Peninsula's tip, near South America.The first bird census there found around 750,000 breeding pairs.
A team led by researchers from the US-based Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution reported their discovery in the journal Scientific Reports.
Study co-author Heather Lynch said it had "real consequences for how we manage this region" and that "the Danger Islands weren't known to be an important penguin habitat"
.This may have been because of their remoteness and the difficult waters that surround them: even in the summer, anyone trying to reach the islands can expect to deal with thick sea ice.
Four years ago, Ms Lynch teamed up with Mathew Schwaller from NASA and examined satellite images that hinted at a curiously large number of penguins in the area.
Source: News Sky