New penguin colony spotted during search for poo

Some 500 birds in a colony of emperor penguins has been spotted in Antarctica – during a search for the animal’s poo.


The site itself was identified by searching for penguin poo (guano) stains with satellite-mapping technology.

Some 500 birds are thought to be in the colony.

Penguins have long cheered up humans who marvel at the fascinating creatures. Hollywood filmstar Jim Carrey starred in the superb film Mr Popper’s Penguins.

Emperor penguins, which are the biggest of the 18 penguin species and stand around 1.2m (nearly four feet) tall, need sea ice to breed.

They are found in areas that are very hard to study because they are remote, inaccessible and very cold, with temperatures dropping to as low as minus 60C, the scientists said.

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