The newly discovered colony, announced to mark Penguin Awareness Day, brings the total number of known emperor penguin breeding sites around the coastline of Antarctica to 66 - half of which were discovered by space satellites
The colony is located at Verleger Point, West Antarctica, at 74° 42’ S, 136° 11’W, and has around 500 birds.
The site was identified thanks to penguin guano stains visible in images from the European Commission’s Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite mission. These were then compared to high-resolution images from the MAXAR WorldView3 satellite for confirmation.
Image credit: MAXAR Technologies 2023/BAS
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