Penguin Poo, Spotted by Satellite, Reveals Location of Secret Penguin Base

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Even though non-military satellites don't have powerful enough resolution to zoom in on a particular penguin—or any critter—certain clues can help locate them in the frozen antarctic.

Yes, when mapping experts spotted up the unmistakable reddish-brown smears of penguin poop—penguano?—on the antarctic ice, the jig was up for a huge colony of emperor penguins that would've otherwise remained hidden for years to come.

Being in the limelight isn't all that bad. In this case, the shifting poo tracks will be studied to see how the penguins are responding to climate change. [AdelaideNow]