WHOI Scientists Discover Super Colony of Penguins

A team of researchers led by members of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have made a remarkable discovery.

In a paper released March 2 in the journal Scientific Reports, the team of scientists announced the discovery of a previously unknown “super colony” of more than 1.5 million Adélie Penguins. For the past forty years, the total number of Adélie Penguins, one of the most common on the Antarctic Peninsula, had been steadily declining – or so biologists thought.

The scientists discovered the supercolony in the Danger Islands, a chain of remote, rocky islands off of the Antarctic Peninsula’s northern tip.


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