Researchers have been exploring sensational discoveries on the eastern coast of the Antarctic Peninsula, where a pingvin colonies of up to 1.5 million individuals have been discovered. The huge Adelie penguin colony was discovered by satellite imagery, and with the help of several universities, a expedition was organized to a difficult to reach location. The members of the expedition documented the Danger Islands on the Weddell Sea, stunning pingvin colonies, and by their aerial photographs made by drons, they also determined exactly how many penguins are on the islands: 751527 pairs were reported. Discovery of the colony is also an important and hopeful news because the number of Adelie penguins has declined significantly over the last decades, mainly due to climate change. For example, on Petrel Island, in the eastern Antarctica, only two racks were found to last last year’s spending season, and thousands of hungry pies and unpopular eggs were found throughout the area. In 2016, it is estimated that about 150,000 Adelie penguins died in the Great Common Gulf due to a giant iceberg. Experts believe that the size of “supercooling” has been stable for a long time, and this is due to the fact that in this enclosed country surrounded by thick sea ice the effects of climate change and human activity are less pronounced than in other parts of Antarctica. Researchers now want the islands to be protected as soon as possible. “It was amazing to see this huge colony. The water is practically weaker than the penguins. The colony is only of great importance due to its size, it is clearly justified to extend the Weddel Marine Reserve to the Danger Islands. Furthermore, it is important to better protect the areas where the population has shrunk, “said Michael Poito, lecturer at the Louisiana State University, a member of the research team.
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