Penguins Selfie on Ice Shelf Melts Internet

Penguins Selfie on Ice Shelf Melts Internet

Gault, a researcher for the Australian Antarctic Division, had been visiting Mawson research station which just so happened to have a large emperor penguin colony nearby.

The program, which shared the video Thursday, said "it didn't take long for the naturally curious birds to seize the opportunity for a selfie".

The Australian Antarctic Division posted the video on its social platforms and has been seen thousands of times.

The video has been viewed more than 260,000 times.

Twitter/@AusAntarctic
Twitter/@AusAntarctic

"Because everyone has that one friend", quips the paper, another penguin soon nudges its way into the frame.

According to National Geographic, emperors are the largest of all penguins, averaging 45 inches tall and weighing as much as 88 pounds.

Because the penguins didn't initiate the recording, the Australian Antarctic Division may avoid the same legal complications that surfaced around the infamous "monkey selfie".

The camera was placed there by expeditioner Eddie Gault. A macaque monkey captured a series of selfies that went viral, even sparking a lawsuit over whether the animal could own rights to its images. Later, Slater won the case in 2017 following a two-year legal battle after agreeing to donate a portion of future revenues on the photographs to wildlife organizations.

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