It’s chilly in the Antarctic, even in the summer. But for your average Adelie penguin, life appears to be pretty good. Fifteen of the birds were recruited by scientists from Japan’s National Institute of Polar Research, to become cameramen – or camera-penguins – and to provide a birds-eye view into their mysterious world beneath the ice where the Adelie spend much of their lives.
The cameras were programmed to switch on automatically when the penguins entered the water and to shoot continuously for 90 minutes. The researchers managed to retrieve 14 of their 5 cameras, which they say produced sufficient video to shed light on the birds feeding and socializing habits in their natural environment.
They say that while the cameras may have been uncomfortable for the birds, no penguins were injured during the experiment.
Bottom line: The Adelie penguin’s view of life in the Antarctic has been revealed for all to see, thanks to video cameras attached to the backs of fifteen birds by Japanese scientists. The researchers hope the videos will help them to learn more about the elusive birds’ feeding and migration patterns.