Association of Polar Early Career Scientists


Polar Week Photo Competition Spring 2016

Giuseppe Suaria
CNR-ISMAR (Institute of Marine Science - Italian Research Council)
  • teamwork
Date: March 4th, 2017

Location: St. Andrews Bay, South Georgia.

Description: St. Andrews Bay in South Georgia is home to the largest King Penguin's (Aptenodytes patagonicus) colony in the world. It is estimated that between 100 and 300 thousands penguins breed in this noisy and crowded colony that looks out on the surrounding hills, while great skuas are patrolling from above. In this picture, researchers are collecting sand cores among the prying eyes of a curious penguin. The sand samples will be analysed to study microplastic pollution on Antarctic and sub-antarctic beaches, an activity which was part of a much wider project about plastic pollution around Antarctica, carried out during the Antarctic Circumnavigation Expedition in 2016/2017. The research vessel "Akademik Tryoshnikov" is at anchor in the background.

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