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View Penguins in Antarctica

By February 1, 2013

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Adelie Penguin / Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORAHot on the heels of the gray seal cam that distracted me from "real work" last week, is a new cam for you: a penguin cam, live from Antarctica.  This camera, set up by the U.S. Antarctic Program, follows Adélie penguins on Torgersen Island, near Palmer Station, a research station established on Antarctica in the 1960's.

Adélie penguins live on Antarctica and on surrounding islands. They are about 18" tall and weigh 8-12 pounds. They have a black back, wings and head, white underside and a striking white eye ring. They gather in large colonies. Mating pairs create nests of stones and both male and female take turns incubating the egg.

The camera (which, as I glance at it now, appears to be still images, versus a live stream) allows for observation of penguins and their young.  It  is solar powered and subject to harsh weather, so the images may sometimes be obscured. Still, it's worth checking out, especially if you like birds.

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Image: Adelie Penguin on Ice in Ross Sea, Michael Van Woert, NOAA NESDIS, ORA


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