Emperor penguins seen from space look even better up close2/11/2013
Get ready to squeal at the absolute gorgeousness of this treasure trove of 9,000 emperor penguins discovered in a remote area of Antarctica. Scientists suspected the colony of tuxedo-clad birds was out there thanks to a splotch of penguin poop spotted from space in 2009. But in December, a team of researchers from the International Polar Foundation laid eyes on them for real and then brought back these amazing images. Expedition leader Alain Hubert was awestruck when he first saw the mass of birds, 75 percent of which were heart-meltingly adorable, fluffy chicks. "When you arrive, they just come to see you, to watch you," says Hubert. "They are so human. They're so cute." [Source]
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