Simply in time for Penguin Consciousness Day (Thursday, January twentieth), the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Argentina Program has launched wonderful underwater selfie video not too long ago taken by a male Gentoo Penguin fitted with a particular digital camera.
The footage reveals the penguin repeatedly diving and twisting via faculties of sardines with startling pace and agility. A number of occasions it grabs particular person sardines and gobbles them down. Different penguins can be seen within the distance together with diving cormorants and albatross.
The footage was taken within the Beagle Channel off Isla Martillo, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, the place WCS has supported penguin conservation for greater than 20 years. Watch it right here:
The digital camera was donated by the Tawaki Venture and was positioned on the Gentoo Penguin by a staff of CADIC-CONICET, as a part of a collaborative examine on feeding ecology undertaken by WCS Argentina, along with Antarctic Analysis Belief, and Tawaki Venture. The examine is evaluating the feeding ecology of Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua) of Argentina and the Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) of New Zealand.
Gentoos normally search close to the seabed for his or her meals, however the footage revealed that if they arrive throughout a faculty of baitfish alongside the best way, they received’t miss the chance to feed on them.
“We have been fascinated to see the Beagle Channel seabird neighborhood feeding on this wonderful shoal of sardines,” mentioned Andrea Raya Rey, WCS Argentina affiliate researcher and a staffer at CADIC-CONICET. “We wrote in lots of papers that the seabird neighborhood within the Beagle Channel depend on sardines, however that is the precise proof, and now it’s confirmed and with a star behind the digital camera: the penguin.”
Added Raya Rey: “We hooked up the machine only for one foraging journey, and upon the penguin’s return, we unattached the machine and monitored the breeding success of the nest. The Gentoo continued with its parental duties and caring for the offspring.”
WCS works on penguin conservation all through the Southern Cone area of South America. It promotes the creation and efficient administration of marine and coastal protected areas to preserve penguins. As well as, WCS works with built-in land administration practices that improve safety of breeding colonies on non-public lands. WCS has been collaborating in monitoring the inhabitants of Magellanic Penguins in Argentina for over 30 years, and learning the meals wants and spatial use of the marine setting of varied species (Rockhopper, Gentoo, Magellanic) all through Patagonia to advertise marine spatial planning.
Due to the Wildlife Conservation Society for offering this information.
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