Wednesday 21 February 2018

Penguin-cams film hunt for food under Antarctic ice

Adelie penguins diving off an iceberg (WWF UK/PA)
Adelie penguins diving off an iceberg (WWF UK/PA)

Research into penguins has plunged to new depths with the release of images which provide a glimpse of life beneath the Antarctic ice.

Miniature cameras were attached to the backs of Adelie penguins by scientists from the French and Japanese national Antarctic programmes before they went out to sea in search of food.

The cameras weighed between 15 and 22 grams (0.5 and 0.8oz) and were recovered when the birds returned to their nests.

Rod Downie, polar programme manager for WWF-UK, said the high level of interest in last year's John Lewis Christmas advert, featuring Monty the penguin, helped support the research.

"Monty-mania last Christmas helped us to support this important scientific research using new technology which gives us incredible insight into where and how penguins feed," he said.

"Ultimately, this will help to safeguard the future of these amazing birds, which are threatened by predicted climate change."

Press Association

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