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Antarctic Animals--Adelie Penguin and Chicks
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Antarctic Animals--Adelie Penguin and Chicks

June 22, 2010
Antarctic Animals--Adelie Penguin and Chicks An Adelie penguin and her two chicks. The Adelie penguin colony at Cape Royds, Ross Island, numbered about 1,200 breeding pairs in 2005-2006 as opposed to about 4,000 in years past. The unusually thick sea ice means that parents need to walk 80 kilometers to get food for their chicks, which is causing many of the chicks to starve. In a normal year, there would be open water next to the colony in January. For more information about the problem, read the January 29, 2006 issue of The Antarctic Sun, "Ice Conditions Send Penguins Packing." (Date of Image: Dec. 31, 2005)