Penguin dives with onboard camera


The feeding habits of penguins have been captured on camera by the birds themselves.

Japanese scientists fitted head- and back-mounted cameras to Adelie penguins in the Antarctic to record natural behaviour below the waves.

In addition to seeing how the birds feed, researchers recorded short, non-foraging dives.

In this clip, a penguin makes a series of short dives and films its fellow birds underwater. You then see footage of a penguin hunting krill and then a penguin captures a fish under ice.

The footage of the fast moving birds was slowed down to a quarter of its real speed so scientists could analyse penguin foraging behaviour.

Video courtesy of Yuuki Y. Watanabe and Akinori Takahashi, National Institute of Polar Research, Tokyo, Japan.

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