Giant iceberg kills 1.50 lakh penguins

PenguinsNearly 1.50 lakh Adelie penguins have died at Cape Dension in East Antarctica in the last five years period after a massive iceberg left them landlocked. Reports appeared in western media say that the colony of Adelie penguins is facing extinction as a giant iceberg, with a size of Rome blocked their access to fresh water and food. At one point of time in 2011, the number of penguins was 1.60 lakh but now the number has fallen to a mere 10,000 according to a study published by New South Wales University of Australia. Tthe iceberg measuring 1800 square kilometers had restricted their access to fresh water and food. The birds were forced to travel around 70 kilometres to get food and in the process, more than 1.50 lakh have died.  The Cape Dension penguin colony, formed nearly 100 years ago, now faces extinction in the next twenty years. It is said that the the iceberg has been floating in the sea for the 20 years before it crashed with a glacier and got stuck in Bay area of Cape Dension that led to fast sea ice expansion.

Medaram Jathara

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