Researchers Observe How to Hunt Penguins in the Sea - Healthy T1ps

Researchers Observe How to Hunt Penguins in the Sea - Healthy T1ps


TOKYO - Researchers observed the ability to hunt penguins under the sea. Through a camera mounted on the head of the penguin, Japanese researchers gain new insights on how to hunt for poultry.

Reported by Discovery, Wednesday (1/23/2013), a 33 gram video camera equipped with accelerometer, depth gauge, and thermometer, researchers can see clearly the activity of Adelie penguins when hunting under water. Adelie penguins are a species that generally lives on the Antarctic coast.

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Yuuki Watanabe from the National Institute of Polar Research in Tokyo explained, the accelerometer is a device that is also used for mobile telephones, tablet computers and game consoles.

The device allows researchers to measure penguin head movements. At the time of observation, the device successfully showed interesting findings. They are amazed by penguin's behavior that can be adjusted when hunting.

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Through the accelerometer can know the ability of penguins who can catch two prey in a matter of seconds. "Now, we know what the Adelie penguins are hunting for and how many penguins eat them. We can understand how the penguins can stay alive and know the environment," Watanabe explained.

Furthermore, he said, unfortunately the penguin habitat's survival is threatened due to melting of ice in the Antarctic region. As a result the penguin population can decrease dramatically.

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