Know Accidental Discovery from Space Reveals New Emperor Penguin Colony! A recently found emperor penguin colony has now been identified using satellite photographs of one of Antarctica’s 

There are currently 66 documented emperor penguin colonies along Antarctica’s coastline, half of which were found by satellites.  

The colony, which is a habitat to approximately 500 birds, brings the number to 66. These colonies are facing an imminent crisis from the climate issue as the sea ice is melting quickly. 

The research’s lead researcher, Dr. Peter Fretwell of the British Antarctic Survey, called the finding “exciting.” However, this colony is smaller  

and located in an area that has been severely impacted with current sea ice loss, identical to many of the previously discovered sites. 

Emperor penguins represent the only of their kind that reproduces on sea ice rather than on land, and because they live in remote 

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) researchers have been searching satellite data for telltale brown droppings a.k.a penguin poo on the glacier for the last 15 years in order 

The most recent colony was found at Verleger Point in west Antarctica using photos from the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite program of the European Commission 

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