Cute Emperor Penguins Pose for Selfie in Antarctica

Penguin selfie

Eddie Gault left the camera on the ice at Auster Rookey near Australia's Mawson research station.

The now-viral footage offers a rare closeup of the penguins, as the original post from the Australian Antarctic Division has been viewed almost 300,000 times on Twitter and more than 121,000 on Facebook.

Having retrieved his camera from the penguins, Gault then saw the masterpiece that he had inadvertently created and then shared the footage with the organisation who in turn published it on their social media channels.

"Emperor penguin populations are projected to undergo a moderately rapid decline over the next three generations owing to the effects of projected climate change". At first, a few birds are seen waddling in the distance before the lens is flipped by a penguin from a horizontal view to totally vertical.

They're also known to breed during the Antarctic winter when temperatures can drop down to -50C, with thousands coming to Auster Rookery to find a mate.

In 2013, a Gentoo penguin in Antarctica was said to have captured an open-beaked photo of itself using a GoPro camera from a Canadian cruise company.

They may not fly, but penguins are apparently really good at capturing a selfie. "They loved the shutter noise, but most of all they loved their own faces, "chimping" away in what seemed to me to be total fun for them".

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