Image Gallery: Humans Visit Huge Penguin Colony

Encouraging discovery

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(Image credit: International Polar Foundation/Alain Hubert)

The newly-discovered 9,000-strong emperor penguin colony on Antarctica's Princess Ragnhild Coast.

Tough trek

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The difficult traverse, using a skidoo to reach the emperor penguin colony.

9,000 Strong

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The newly-discovered 9,000-strong emperor penguin colony on Antarctica's Princess Ragnhild Coast.

Proud residents

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Some of the elegant occupants of the newly-discovered colony.

Sitting watch

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A researcher sits near the penguin colony at Princess Elisabeth Antarctica.

Honored first look

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Expedition leader Alain Hubert, one of the three first people to visit the 9,000-strong emperor penguin colony on Antarctica's Princess Ragnhild Coast.

Showing off

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Princess Elisabeth Antarctica chief mechanic Kristof Soete, one of the three first people to visit the colony.

Little families

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Emperor penguin adults and chicks in the newly found colony.

A sight for sore eyes

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These adults and the chick are part of the newly discovered colony.

Snacktime

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An adult Emperor Penguin feeds a chick in the newfound colony.

Sad day

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One that didn't make it. A dead penguin chick lies at in the snow. Only 19% of emperor penguin chicks survive their first year.