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Mega colony of 1.5 million penguins discovered by drone in Antarctic Photo

Mega colony of 1.5 million penguins discovered by drone in Antarctic

An enormous colony of more than 1.5 million Adelie penguins was discovered in the Antarctic. The massive colonies of penguins were found in the Danger Islands which lie in the Weddell Sea. The area is difficult to reach and is rarely visited. Scientists studying satellite images found what appeared to be never before seen nesting pairs of penguins, 751,527 pairs to be exact.

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Adelie penguins in the Antarctic suffer “catastrophic” breeding season Photo

Adelie penguins in the Antarctic suffer “catastrophic” breeding season

In the second “catastrophic” breeding season for Adelie penguins in five years, conservationists are calling for drastic measures to save the species. All but two Adelie penguin chicks have starved to death in the 2017 breeding season. The last high mortality breeding season occurred in 2015 when every single chick died. Scientists say the record amount of sea ice meant adults needed to travel farther for food as well as increased competition for a primary food source of krill from commercial fishing vessels.

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