In Colony Where 36K Penguins Mated, Just 2 Chicks Survived

14 October, 2017, 02:21 | Author: Darnell Taylor
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Terre Adélie, where the colony is based, suffered unusually high levels of sea ice, so adult penguins had to travel further to find food.

Still, Adélie penguins live all along the Antarctic coast and are generally not considered in danger.

Officials said the tragedy is linked to a larger amount of sea ice later in the season in East Antarctica - which is due to climate change.

Endangered whales are dying in Canadian waters.

French scientists have been studying a colony of 18,000 pairs of the penguins in East Antarctica since 2010 and found that just two chicks survived the most recent breeding season earlier this year.

Rod Downie, head of polar programmes at WWF said: 'Adelie penguins are one of the hardiest and most unbelievable animals on our planet.

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Four years ago the same colony, which then numbered 20,196 pairs, failed to produce a single chick.

"Tarantino does 'Happy Feet, ' with dead penguin chicks strewn across a beach".

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources will meet on October 16 to discuss the creation of a new Marine Protected Area that would prevent krill fisheries from operating near the area, which could compete with the penguins for already limited food.

The proposal for an MPA, which would protect the penguins from fishermen, among other things, has been on the agenda for eight years.

The Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, made up of 25 member states and the European Union, meets on Monday to consider the proposal. The previous loss was partly a result of unusually warm weather and rain followed...

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