First observations of emperor penguins on Horseshoe Island, Antarctica

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Yirmibesoglu S., Ozsoy B.

Polar Research, vol.42, 2023 (SCI-Expanded) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.33265/polar.v42.9556
  • Journal Name: Polar Research
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Agricultural & Environmental Science Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Artic & Antarctic Regions, BIOSIS, CAB Abstracts, Environment Index, Geobase, Veterinary Science Database, Directory of Open Access Journals
  • Keywords: Antarctic Peninsula, Aptenodytes forsteri, ice-dependent species, Maguerite Island, moult, sea ice
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


This note reports observations of two moulting emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsteri) on Horseshoe Island, West Antarctica, during the Seventh Turkish Antarctic Expedition in February 2023. This is the first time this species has been documented on this island. Emperor penguins largely depend on fast-ice to breed and moult. The Antarctic Peninsula hosts few emperor penguin colo-nies. Horseshoe Island has become one of the northernmost points along the western Antarctic Peninsula where emperor penguins are documented to moult.