A special couple: polar explorers showed penguins that built a nest at a record height

A special couple: polar explorers showed penguins that built a nest at a record height

Polar scientists from the Arctic research station “Akademik Vernadskyi” recorded a pair of subantarctic penguins, which built a nest and brought out a baby at an altitude of 295 meters above sea level.

This was reported by the National Antarctic Science Center.

“To understand how high it is: the biologist of the 28th UAE, Vadym Tkachenko, who counted birds, descended from there for more than half an hour. A scientist discovered a penguin with a chick on Cape Tuxen of the Kyiv Peninsula. It is located near Galindez Island, where the Ukrainian Antarctic station “Akademik Vernadskyi” is located, – polar explorers say.

Until now, the highest points where scientists found penguin nests were rocks on the islands of Bute and Hovgard – their height reached 180 meters above sea level. The polar scientists explained that sub-Antarctic penguins like to make nests on elevations, because it is less likely that their offspring will be covered in snow.

“But why some black and white birds climb to such heights – scientists do not yet have a logical explanation.” they say in the National Academy of Sciences.

They suggest that this trend arose due to the lack of snow-free areas at the time when the birds began to nest. This may encourage penguins to look for places where the snow melts faster.

NASC also reminds that Ukrainian scientists constantly monitor the dynamics of distribution and reproduction of Antarctic birds in the context of climate change.

Also, Ukrainian polar explorers for the first time documented a meeting with a fin whale – the second largest whale on the planet.

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