‘Rare’ penguin colony

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - WORLD -

A THRIV­ING “hotspot” of 1.5 mil­lion Adelie pen­guins, a species fast de­clin­ing in parts of the world, has been dis­cov­ered on re­mote is­lands off the Antarc­tic Penin­sula.

Sci­en­tists were sur­prised to dis­cover that the first bird cen­sus of the Dan­ger Is­lands un­earthed over 750,000 Adelie breed­ing pairs, more than the rest of the area com­bined.

The group of nine rocky is­lands, which lie off the north­ern tip near­est South Amer­ica, in the north­west Wed­dell Sea, housed the third- and fourth­largest Adelie penguin colonies in the world, they found.

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