A new species of diving petrel has been identified on Codfish Island, located off the coast of Stewart Island.
During the summer of 2016, 155 backers contributed $3,653 for Johannes Fisher to travel to Codfish Island, New Zealand to collect 10 sensing tags deployed among penguins. Johannes and the team suspected these little birds might be a part of an unknown species.
They discovered a new species of flying penguin - 250 individuals living on a 1km sand strip.
The official name is "Whenua Hou diving petrel" or Pelecanoides whenuahouensis. You can read the official press release issued by the New Zealand Government. The full species description was published last month in the peer-reviewed journal, PLoS ONE.