Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Secret Lives of Penguins Revealed by 'Hidden' Cameras

Thanks to 16 'hidden' cameras planted around Antarctica, researchers have captured images of penguin colonies going about their business during the frozen continent's harsh winter months — rare images indeed, since the brutal conditions makes it impossible for humans to work there in the winter.

Researchers from the Zoological Society of London set up time-lapse cameras on the continent and on sub-Antarctic South Georgia Island to capture aspects of the penguin life cycle that typically go unseen.

The camera traps, weighted down with rocks, were placed in a variety of positions overlooking penguin colonies in Antarctica. They spied gentoo penguins on the Antarctic Peninsula, and kept watch on king penguins on South Georgia Island.

Snow buried the camera staking out the gentoo penguins for part of the winter, but the hardy camera kept on filming.

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