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PENGUIN POOP SPOT­TED FROM SPACE

- Animals · Zoology · Science · Wildlife · Ecology · Climate Change · Biology · Antarctica

SATEL­LITE pic­tures of penguin poo have re­vealed new colonies of the birds in Antarc­tica.

The satel­lite images show that there are nearly 20% more em­peror penguin colonies in Antarc­tica than pre­vi­ously thought.

Sci­en­tists dis­cov­ered 11 new colonies, mean­ing there are now 61 across the con­ti­nent, ac­cord­ing to a report in Re­mote Sens­ing in Ecol­ogy and Con­ser­va­tion.

The birds were iden­ti­fied on the pic­tures by the way their poo, or guano, had stained large patches of sea ice.

Cli­mate change is a huge threat to the species. If the sea ice melts, they could lose their homes.

 ??  ?? A patch of penguin poo on some sea ice, cir­cled
A patch of penguin poo on some sea ice, cir­cled
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