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King Penguin Nesting Colony Shrinks 88 Percent  
Wednesday August 8, 2018   |
King Penguins
A young King Penguin food begging to an adult.

The largest nesting colony of King Penguins in the world, located in the southern Indian Ocean, has apparently declined by 88 percent since 1982. At that time, the colony was estimated at 500,000 nesting pairs and 2 million penguins total. Scientists used satellite imagery to compare the contours and area occupied by the colony to reach their startling conclusion.

The decline began in the late 1990’s, coinciding with a major climatic event related to El Nino, which probably affected food resources for the colony. Disease, such as Avian Cholera, may also have contributed, but scientists remain uncertain about the real causes and are launching new studies to confirm these initial results and investigate other potential causes.

For more information, please see https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/07/180730120408.htm

 
 

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