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New Penguin Colony in Antarctica Discovered Thanks to Satellite Images

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What's better than new videos of cute baby animals? Satellite images discovering a new colony of penguins (very cute animals), that's what! 

Satellite images were used to photograph one of the most remote, inaccessible areas of Antarctica's costal region, where the newly discovered colony of emperor penguins was found. Twitter user @Grenpeaceusa tweeted the exciting new discovery.

 It turns out about 500 or so penguins are currently living in that colony. There's estimated to be another 66 penguin colonies inhabiting that remote region of Antarctica's coastline. Roughly half of those 66 colonies were discovered though space satellite images, making a discovery that would've been virtually impossible without satellite imaging. In that part of Antarctica, temperatures can get as low as -60 degrees celsius, so there's not a whole lot scientists can do to actually go there for very long, if at all. (It's pretty wild and wonderful what technology can do.) 

What's even wilder is exactly how the penguins were discovered. (Are you ready for this? We sure weren't.) Scientists were able to use the satellite images to discover the emperor penguin colony was there because of all the poop they left behind. (Yes. You read that correctly. It gives a whole new meaning to an animal "marking" it's territory.) Turns out that brown guano stains (like the Great Wall of China) can be seen from space. Makes sense. Everything else in the surrounding area is going to be white or blueish in color (there's lots of ice and snow there, after all.) 

What's your reaction? Were you expecting penguins to be discovered by space satellites because of their poop?