The Washington Post first published (link) these amazing images of two emperor penguins at a “rookery” in Antarctica filmed by the Australian Antarctic Division.
Two emperor penguins in Antarctica captured a short video of themselves after coming across a camera left on the ice by a human.
The Australian Antarctic Division posted the comical, 38-second clip to its social media channels Thursday. One of the group’s (explorers), Eddie Gault, had placed the camera on the ground near the Auster Rookery — home to a large emperor penguin colony — while visiting the nearby Mawson research station.
Australian Antarctic Division
The Division is responsible for the, “Advancement of Australia’s strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic by protecting, administering and researching the region”.
Antarctica is Earth’s southernmost continent. It contains the geographic South Pole and is situated in the Antarctic region of the Southern Hemisphere, almost entirely south of the Antarctic Circle, and is surrounded by the Southern Ocean. At 14,000,000 square kilometres (5,400,000 square miles), it is the fifth-largest continent.
For comparison, Antarctica is nearly twice the size of Australia. About 98% of Antarctica is covered by ice that averages 1.9 km (1.2 mi; 6,200 ft) in thickness, which extends to all but the northernmost reaches of the Antarctic Peninsula.
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