ECHO is a remote controlled robot living in Antarctica among a colony of thousands of emperor penguins. ECHO was brought to the community to study emperor penguins and their ecosystem. Though penguins face no predators in Antarctica, climate change could destroy their environment in the not-so-distant future. ECHO doesn’t interfere with the penguins’ daily lives and they don’t notice its presence while it collects data on them. The data comes from sensors that were attached to the penguins during the MARE microchipping project. ECHO is one with the colony; it travels with them, huddles with them, and analyzes their behavior. The goal is to gather enough data to learn what penguins need to survive the climate crisis and how we can best help their population thrive.
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