36,000 penguins, and only two chicks survived_________________
12 Oct 2017 – Scientists tracking 18,000 pairs of Adelie penguins in East Antarctica discovered that only two chicks survived the most recent breeding season.
Unusually thick sea ice forced the adult penguins to travel further for food. The unfortunate chicks starved to death as they waited for their parents to return.
Conservationists call it a “catastrophic breeding failure”.
This is the second such failure in four years caused by heavy sea ice.
At that time, although the same colony numbered 20,196 pairs at the time, it failed to produce a single chick.
Thanks to Vance von Raab and Jack Hydrazine for this link
Four years ago, the same colony,