Scientists have been managed many new discoveries and many breakthroughs. NASA satellite imagery has now discovered something very interesting. The researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have provided some new facts on the threatening penguin population. Around 1.5 million Adelie Penguins belonged from super-colony in the Danger Island of the Antarctic Peninsula, the researchers discovered.
In 2014, the team discovered guano stains in NASA satellite imagery of the islands. They found a hint of the mega-colony of the penguins. In December, the researchers reached the island and they found hundreds of Adelie penguins.
When they captured pictures of the island using drone technology they found that Danger Island houses the highest population of Adelie Penguins. The accurate count of the penguins living in the super colon has set an important scale for the future change.
Formerly, Heather Lynch, professor of ecology and evolution at Stony Brook University in 2014 acquainted that the number of penguins is enervated in Danger Island. These Penguins can dive deep to 575 feet and they can live around 11 to 20 years.
The team developed 2D and 3D maps of Danger Island, using the drone. Initially, the place had been stayed untouched as it was covered by thick layers of ice. The place is now affected by the hot climate due to global warming. It also contributes to melting of those ice layers favoring the researchers to visit that place.
The data also reveals a low rate of decline of these penguins as till now they are not suffered much. Co-author of the study and a seabird ecologist at WHOI Stephanie Jenouvier stated now it is important to know why the population of Adélies on the islands is different from the Antarctic Peninsula. This finding will help to figure out why that area must be protected, she further stated.