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How to pick out a penguin

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Scientists from Bristol University have developed new technology that can identify large numbers of penguins from their unique chest spot patterns.

Here, it can be seen in action identifying African penguins on their way from the colony to a beach in Robben Island, South Africa.

Green boxes indicate the computer has recognised that they are penguins, yellow boxes highlight the birds' chests and the red and blue boxes look at the birds' unique spot patterns.

Footage: Penguin Recognition Project

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