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‘Dead’ Antarctica Penguins Are Probably Fine

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The news reported around a universe was extraordinary — that some 150,000 Adélie penguins have died in Antarctica since a gigantic iceberg cut off their sea access.

But there’s no reason nonetheless that a birds are dead. No one has indeed found 150,000 solidified penguins. In fact, experts consider there’s a reduction horrific reason for a blank birds: When a fishing gets tough, penguins simply collect adult and move. It wouldn’t be a initial time Adélie penguins marched to new digs. When an iceberg grounded in a southern Ross Sea in 2001, penguins on Ross Island relocated to circuitously colonies until a ice pennyless up. [See Photos of Cape Denison and a Adélie Penguins]

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“Just since there are a lot fewer birds celebrated doesn’t automatically meant a ones that were there before have perished,” pronounced Michelle LaRue, a penguin race researcher during a University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, who was not concerned in a study. “They simply could have changed elsewhere, that would make clarity if circuitously colonies are thriving,” LaRue told Live Science in an email interview.

The unnoticed penguins lived during a cluster on Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay, in East Antarctica. In mid-February 2010, a Rhode Island-sized iceberg B09B crashed into a bay’s Mertz Glacier. The stranded iceberg forced a penguins to travel some-more than 37 miles (60 kilometers) for food, researchers news in a new study. The larger a stretch to dinner, a harder it is for baby chicks to get adequate calories from their penguin parents. [Infographic: Your Guide to Antarctica]

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Since 2011, a strange cluster of 150,000 penguins has shrunk to around 10,000 birds, according to a new study, published Feb. 2 in a biography Antarctic Science. The authors, from Australia’s University of New South Wales, envision a Cape Denison cluster will disappear in 20 years unless a ice clears.

“I don’t consider any of us expected what we saw: a belligerent was dirty with passed chicks and rejected eggs. What had been until recently a noisy, rough cluster was now eerily quiet. It was distressing to visit,” investigate co-author Chris Turney, of a University of New South Wales Australia, told Live Science in an email interview.

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But LaRue counters that Adélie penguin colonies always have passed birds sparse around since a carcasses don’t spoil in Antarctica’s dry, cold climate. Researchers have detected mummified penguins and seals that are centuries old.

“I do not know what happened to these birds, though no one does for certain,” LaRue said. “The fact that so many birds left from this plcae is unequivocally interesting.”

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