Huge colonies of penguins have been discovered near an Antarctic peninsula where, according to preliminary estimates, more than 1.5 million birds are housed.
Researchers say this finding shows that the site is a vital refuge for climate change and human activities for wild creatures and should be protected. The huge numbers of Adélie penguins were found on the Danger Islands in the Weddell Sea, on the eastern side of the Antarctic Peninsula.
It is a place extremely remote and inaccessible and rarely even visited by scholars. But scientists identified something interesting when they examined satellite images and decided to organize a research mission.
Eventually, they returned after revealing 751,527 pairs of penguins. "This was an incredible experience - finding and counting as many penguins," said Tom Hart, of the University of Oxford and part of the international research team.
The size of these colonies makes them extremely important and underlines the need for better and wider protection of the WWF's WWF's WWF Rod Downie area, said: "This exciting discovery shows us how much more still to learn about this amazing kind.
However, it also strengthens the urgency of protecting Antarctic waters from the threats of overfishing and climate change. " The area proposed for protection is huge, almost five times the size of Germany, and it will prohibit fishing to protect species such as vows, blue whales, sea lions, and penguins.
The MPA already has the support of several countries, including the United Kingdom, and will go before a conference of the Antarctic nations in October.