150,000 Adelie penguins living in Antarctica
About 150,000 of the 160,000 living penguins were killed when a gigantic iceberg hit one of the Adelie penguin colonies in Antarctica, according to a British scientific journal. revealed in a paper. Many of them are believed to have died of starvation as icebergs blocked their feeding grounds. Their nutritional status is also deteriorating, which could affect reproduction. The remaining 10,000 birds could be wiped out within 20 years, unless the iceberg naturally collapses or moves, warns the paper.
The Adelie penguin is a medium-sized penguin with a length of 60-70 centimeters and a weight of 5 kilograms. They live in groups and enter the sea to prey on krill, fish, and crustaceans.
According to the Australian newspaper Sydney Morning Herald (SMH, electronic version) and French news agency, the paper was published by researchers from Australia’s University of New South Wales Climate Change Research Center and New Zealand’s West Coast Penguin Foundation.
The colony is located at Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay in eastern Antarctica and was identified about 100 years ago. About 20 years ago, a gigantic iceberg of about 2,900 square kilometers, wider than Okinawa Prefecture (2,281 square kilometers), was drifting along the coast. This suddenly collided with the colony in December 2010.