SOUTH GEORGIA, Antarctica (NBC/EBU) — Tens of thousands of penguin couples are rushing the shores on the island of South Georgia in Antarctica. The island is filled with adult penguins and their young offspring, which are brown. The penguins first came ashore for nesting in November. The number of penguins on the island varies each year. Researchers from the nonprofit Oceanites organization are shooting video of the penguins to research the development of their populations.
“They feed on a small fish called lantern fish, which are about 5-6 cm long, and they dive to great depths, sometimes 100, 500 meters to find these fish,” said bird expert Simon Boyes
There aren’t many whales competing for the same prey, so the penguins have plenty of food. The tricky part is getting the food to the babies. The adults go searching for food in the ocean and then have to come back to shore and find their own offspring among the masses.
“They can recognize each individual voice,” said Boyes. “The adults have the braying call ‘woo, woo,’ you can hear, perhaps. And the chicks have this ‘vi, vi vi,’ and each one is individual.”