Millions more Adélie penguins may be marching across Antarctica than earlier counts suggested.
Nearly six million of the tuxedoed penguins may live in East Antarctica, more than double the previous count of 2.3 million birds, scientists said on Thursday.
The new data is exciting—more penguins! However, there are some concerns about the bigger population from a conservation standpoint, according to the team of Australian, French and Japanese researchers working on the penguin count.
A higher number of penguins suggests that more flightless birds are interacting with humans than previously thought, meaning researchers might need to be more vigilant about protecting breeding grounds. More penguins also means more demand for their prey, krill and fish. Read more…