Why Are We Counting Penguins in Antarctica?

Our Scientific Penguin Counting Friends – OCEANITES

Oceanites is a non-profit, science and educational foundation which fosters the conservation of the world’s oceans, islands, and their wildlife. They do so by measuring penguin populations in Antartica and Sub-Antarctic regions. Each year scientists and representatives join us in the Southern Ocean, supported by our guests, to further this oceanographic research by counting penguins.

With your support, they have been able to broaden their reach and have created new ways for scientists around the world to utilize the data that has been collected. New this year, Oceanites has published MAPPPD (Mapping Application for Penguin Populations and Projected Dynamics).

MAPPPD is a tool to measure the penguin population and was developed in conglomeration with the NASA and Lynch Lab at Stony Brook University. MAPPPD will necessarily and immediately assist a wide range of Antarctic stakeholders, enabling instant access to the latest, most current penguin population data needed to analyze potential and detected changes in the Antarctic. Find out more about the penguin map.

Scientists of Oceanites venture with One Ocean Expeditions as far south as the Antarctic Circle, collecting data that is crucial for internationally recognized research institutes – who then share this scientific data on a global scale. The research, which has been conducted for almost 20 years, helps track oceanic changes and the impact those changes have on our flightless friends and in turn the impact it may have on human populations.

Every season, several Oceanites scientists travel onboard our vessels, using the ship as a mobile science platform. Have a look how they are actually counting penguins:

Do you want to travel with Oceanites scientists to Antarctica? There is still limited space on certain departures you can join.  Speak with your travel agent or call our experts to learn more.

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