Curious penguins find camera, snap video selfie


Australian Antarctic Division captures a vision of curious penguins ready for their close-up.

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

Australian Antarctic expeditioner Eddie Gault left the camera on the ice when visiting the rookery - and it was not long before the naturally inquisitive birds began to seize the opportunity for a selfie.

While it may not be a true selfie, given that they didn't actually trigger the recording, it's "selfie" enough for us. and apparently for the thousands of people who have been charmed by the ice-crunching dynamic duo already.

Moments following this, another penguin soon also makes its way into the frame.

Scientists involved with the Australian Antarctic programmes study the lives of these penguins and one of their aims is to understand how human activities affect them.

"Emperor penguin populations are projected to undergo a moderately rapid decline over the next three generations owing to the effects of projected climate change". I was then to witness one of the funniest things ever as they grinned, grimaced and bared teeth at themselves in the reflection of the large glassy lens.

The case was settled about two years later, with Slater agreeing to donate 25 percent of proceeds from the "monkey selfies" to Indonesian charities that protect crested macaques.