Penguins are one of the species hardest-hit by global warming of the Antarctic continent, according to a study by experts at National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division. In it, they find that fewer than 10 per cent of baby penguins survive the first independent trip back to their colonies, as opposed to 50 per cent in the 1970′s.
According to Wayne Trivelpiece, an expert at the NOAAA, “What’s changed is young penguins surviving their transition to independence. They’re no longer able to do that anywhere near the way they used to do, and we think that’s directly related to the fact that there’s 80 percent less krill out there now.”
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