Pen­guin chicks starve in Antarc­tica

The Korea Times - - WORLD - SYD­NEY (AFP)

— Mass star­va­tion has wiped out thou­sands of pen­guin chicks in Antarc­tica, with un­usu­ally thick sea ice forc­ing their par­ents to for­age fur­ther for food in what con­ser­va­tion­ists Fri­day called a “cat­a­strophic breed­ing fail­ure.”

French sci­en­tists, sup­ported by WWF, have been study­ing a colony of 18,000 pairs of Adelie pen­guins in East Antarc­tica since 2010 and dis­cov­ered only two chicks sur­vived the most re­cent breed­ing sea­son in early 2017.

They at­trib­uted the dis­as­ter to ex­ten­sive sea ice late in the sum­mer, mean­ing the adult pen­guins had to travel fur­ther to find food, with the chicks dy­ing as they waited.

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