The researchers went for an on-foot exploration and revealed that the Danger Islands host more than 750,000 pairs of Adelie penguins, representing the largest population in the Antarctic Peninsula.
"Basically these islands were covered in penguins", Michael Polito, an assistant professor of oceanography and coastal sciences at Louisiana State University and coauthor of the paper, told BuzzFeed News.
More than 1.5 million of the birds were found in 2015 during a survey of the area, according to a report in the journal Scientific Reports. The number of Adelie penguins discovered on the Danger Islands represents more than all the recorded populations in the rest of the Antarctic Peninsula region combined. The scientists used new drone technology to get a better count of the penguins. "Here we report on a major hotspot of Adélie penguin abundance identified in the Danger Islands off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula (AP)".
After gathering those photos, the scientists were able to use an algorithm to actually look for the penguins instead of searching for them by eye, pixel by pixel.
"They would essentially mow the lawn, flying across these islands and taking pictures, and we knew we'd have all these images that we would stitch together", Polito explained.
However, this supercolony were found on the rocky and remote Danger Islands after NASA satellites picked up patches of their excrement, known as guano, in 2014. One of the most common species of penguin on the Antarctic Peninsula, they play a vital role in the Antarctic food chain, states the WWF, feeding on tiny creatures like small fish and krill, and providing a source of food for leopard seals, killer whales and other predators. The Danger Islands are surrounded by treacherous waters and are almost inaccessible in even the peak of summer, since the ocean nearby remains covered with thick sea ice. "But we didn't know what was going on on the eastern side, because it's a very icy place that's hard to get to".
A massive collective of penguins forming a super colony have been discovered in a part of Antarctica that hasn't been impacted by climate change. But the images told an unmistakable story: there must be a significant penguin population visiting these islands.
Researchers say the Danger Islands have been "largely spared" the environmental changes seen elsewhere in the Antarctic.
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Turkey's military said Turkish-made ATAK helicopters struck a region in western Afrin , killing nine "terrorists". State-run al-Ikhbariya TV said rebels shelled a crossing point to Ghouta in order to prevent people from leaving.
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