The origin of traveling waves in an emperor penguin huddle

  title={The origin of traveling waves in an emperor penguin huddle},
  author={Richard Carl Gerum and Ben Fabry and Claus Metzner and Marie-Claude Beaulieu and Andr{\'e} Ancel and Daniel P Zitterbart},
Emperor penguins breed during the Antarctic winter and have to endure temperatures as low as −50 C and wind speeds of up to 200 km h−1. To conserve energy, they form densely packed huddles with a triangular lattice structure. Video recordings from previous studies revealed coordinated movements in regular wave-like patterns within these huddles. It is thought that these waves are triggered by individual penguins that locally disturb the huddle structure, and that the traveling wave serves to… CONTINUE READING


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