Penguin catastrophe leaves thousands of chicks dead with only two survivors
Terre Adélie, Antarctica. Photograph courtesy of: © Dr Dominique Filippi
A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster.
Terre Adélie (Adélie Land) is home to more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, but this year almost all the seabirds’ babies starved to death.
The World Wildlife Fund said unseasonably extensive amounts of sea ice around the colony in East Antarctica had forced the adult penguins to travel further than normal to forage for food…