Wednesday, 12 December, 2018

Curious penguins find camera, take selfie

The video of two emperor penguins taking a supposed selfie is going viral The video of two emperor penguins taking a supposed selfie is going viral
Doris Mccormick | 10 March, 2018, 03:23

"I$3 t didn't take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie".

In the brief footage, one particularly nosy bird walks over to the camera and kicks it so that the lens faces up, giving humans a view of the animals typically reserved for the birds' prey, the Antarctic silverfish.

Two Emperor penguins in Antarctica stumbled across a camera expeditioner Eddie Gault left in the ice Wednesday night.

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The shot clearly shows a cluster of penguins shuffling past in the background, but one emperor appears to want all the glory.

The penguins of Antarctica are ready for their closeups. The video was filmed at Auster Rookery, the Australian Antarctic Division in the North Pole near Mawson research station.

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". Auster Rookery is home to a large emperor penguin colony. But because climate change is expected to transform the landscape and dramatically reduce the extent of their sea ice habitat, the species is listed as near threatened, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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