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ISB in Antarctica: Penguin Sighting

Adelie Penguins

By Allison Lee

PENGUINS! At 5 a.m., the lone Emperor was spotted. The penguin team quickly assembled and set off in the Zodiak. They were able to tag their first Emperor penguin of the cruise. The transmitter is attached to the feathers on the wing and sends a signal every 40 seconds. If a satellite picks up the signal, the penguin’s location and diving behavior (depth, speed, duration, etc.) is recorded for the scientists to view on a computer. Once the penguins enter molting season, the tags fall off and are lost. Forever.

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