Vanishing Penguin Colony Puts Emperors On Thin Ice

Satellite imagery revealed that between 14,500 and 25,000 penguin eggs or chicks drowned when the Antarctic sea ice that their colony was located on was destroyed by severe weather and thinning ice

by GrrlScientist for Forbes | @GrrlScientist

Several adult emperor penguins, Aptenodytes forsteri, with chicks in a colony in Antarctica. Emperor penguins are the tallest and heaviest penguin species, and they need strong sea ice to support their colonies from April to December.
(Credit: Michael Van Woert / NOAA / public domain.)

2016 was an absolutely terrible year for emperor penguins, Aptenodytes forsteri, and things haven’t improved…

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