Surprising appearance of new penguin colonies in Antarctica
Washington, Aug 6 (Prensa Latina) A group of scientists called the discovery of 11 new emperor penguin colonies in Antarctica surprising today.
According to the magazine Remote Sensing in Ecology and Conservation, experts say that now there are a total of 61 such groups in that continent.
Although it is good news, experts warn that climate change is a real threat to the species, since the loss of sea ice will devastate their habitats and this will affect their reproduction.
The discovered colonies only increase the total population count by five to 10 percent, about 500,000 penguins.
The specialists - who described the finding as surprising - found several colonies in the sea ice formed around icebergs in shallow water, up to 180 kilometers from the coast.
The only real threat to emperor penguins is climate change, because once sea ice melts, it cannot be replenished.
Hence, nothing that can be done in this regard to help the colonies and this, in the opinion of scientists, is a global problem.
Earlier this year, penguin colonies in some parts of Antarctica were known to decline by more than 75 percent over the past half century, largely as a result of climate change.
The emperor is the largest of all penguins: an average specimen is about 115 centimeters, is unable to fly and lives in the Antarctic ice and in the icy waters that surround them.
These resorted to psychological adaptation techniques and collaborative behaviors in order to cope with an incredibly hostile environment, where the thermal sensation can be as low as -60 degrees Celsius.
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