A video showing the deep-diving feeding habits of a yellow-eyed penguin is a “breakthrough” for marine conservationists.
Created using a high-definition camera attached to the penguin’s back, the footage shows the animal scouring the ocean floor off the Otago peninsula for food before feasting on an unlucky opalfish.
It was created by the Tawaki Project, a group studying the population decline of penguins in the lower South Island.
The researchers plan to use video technology to discover more about the causes of the falling penguin population.
“Hopefully with the cameras we can get new information about what is driving the decline, and come up with suggestions about how to improve the situation at sea for the penguins, and in the process the entire coastal marine ecosystem.”
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photo: Tawaki Project