Unusually thick ice in Antarctica – Thousands of penguin chicks starve

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.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/thousands-penguin-chicks-starve-antarctica-043725803.html

Thanks to Vance von Raab and Jack Hydrazine for this link

 

 

Four years ago, the same colony,


10 thoughts on “Unusually thick ice in Antarctica – Thousands of penguin chicks starve

  1. It would seem that the reporter and the scientist have never heard of Darwin…

    From Darwin’s The Origin of Species
    Chapter III – THE STRUGGLE FOR EXISTENCE

    Page 82 Nature of the Checks to Increase.

    Climate plays an important part in determining the average numbers of a species, and periodical seasons of extreme cold or drought seem to be the most effective of all checks. I estimate (chiefly from the greatly reduced numbers of nests in the spring) that the winter of 1854-5 destroyed four-fifths of the birds in my own grounds; and this is a tremendous destruction, when we remember that ten per cent. is an extraordinarily sever mortality from epidemics with man. The action of the climate seems at first sight to be quite independent of the struggle for existance; but in so far as climate chiefly acts in reducing food, it brings on the most severe struggle between the individuals, whether of the same or of distinct species, which subsist on the same kind of food. Even climate , for instance extreme cold, acts directly, it will be the least vigorous individuals, or those which have got least food through the advancing winter, which suffer the most. When we travel from south to north, or from a damp region to a dry, we invariably see some species gradually getting rarer and rarer, and finally disappearing; and the change of climate being conspicuous, we are tempted to attribute the whole effect to direct action. But this is false view; we forget that each species, even where it most abounds, is constantly suffering enormous destruction at some period of its life, from enemies or from competitors for the same place and food; and if these enemies or competitors be in the least degree favoured by any slight change of climate, they will increase in numbers; and as each area is already fully stocked with inhabitants, the other species must decrease.

    No need to feed guilty it is the way NATURE does things.

    Nature red in tooth and claw, deathly white in ice and snow.

  2. It will be necessary to carry out resque operations for the penguins in future. Right now it is sensible to plan such actions.

  3. so in 4 yrs heavy ice..sorta screws up the melting warmer claims doesnt it?
    at 18k give or take a few who got smart n bred elsewhere probably
    or died due to age or orcas or seals etc
    dont think its such a problem
    and thats just ONE colony theyre featuring as well
    how did all the others do i wonder?

  4. So you can have extraordinarily heavy ice AND a glacier retreating and both are due to climate change? How convenient.

  5. Also in Italy today medias tell this fact. It is quite hard to explain using global warming as cause for it…

  6. If I were a penguin I’d be spooked by ‘Scientists tracking 18,000 pairs of me in East Antarctica’.

  7. Are these the same idiots that claimed polar bears are drowning?
    I don’t believe a word the priests of scientism say.

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