Published: Sun, March 04, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

Incredible Drone Footage Solves Antarctic Penguin Island Mystery

Incredible Drone Footage Solves Antarctic Penguin Island Mystery

And the researchers believe the island-based birds seem to be more protected from the climate change-driven effects from reduced ice and reduced foodstocks that have been linked to major reductions of Adelie penguins in colonies on the western side of the peninsula, said Michael Polito, an assistant professor in LSU's Oceanography and Coastal Sciences department, during a Friday interview about the study.

Scientists have considered populaces Adelie penguins were declining, a stressing advancement that they were endeavoring to get it. Another investigation drove by specialists from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), be that as it may, is giving new experiences on of this types of penguin.

The duo teamed with ecologists from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and other universities in the U.S. and United Kingdom for an expedition in 2015.

Danger Islands expedition team members on Heroina Island, Danger Islands, Antarctica.

In December 2015 a team of 10 scientists made the treacherous journey to the Danger Islands, on the edge of the Weddell Sea's oceanic vortex of sea ice.

Researchers saw the first hints of the penguin population back in 2014 after scouring some NASA images gathered via the Landsat satellite program. Singh developed the drone's imaging and navigation system.

A study in the Scientific Reports journal reveals the Danger Islands find of more than 750,000 pairs of Adélie penguins-a discovery researchers are calling a "total surprise", per the BBC.

"Until recently, the Danger Islands weren't known to be an important penguin habitat", Heather Lynch, one of the authors of the new study, said in a statement.

The numbers were toted up by humans counting the birds on land, and via automated tallies of images taken by unmanned aerial vehicles.

"The population of Adelie penguins on the east side of the Antarctic Peninsula is different from what we see on the west side", said Jenouvrier.

There, using drone footage, they counted 751,527 nests.

"The area is covered by heavy sea ice most of the year, and even in the height of summer it is hard to get into this region to do surveys".

"The drone lets you fly in a grid over the island, taking pictures once per second".

"Even though the tiny island chain is only about 10 kilometers across, researchers hadn't realized the extent of the" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen /iframe in population, says study coauthor Heather Lynch, an ecologist at Stony Brook University in NY.

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