Emperor penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri) chicks are prone to drowning if there may be too little sea ice. (Picture credit score: Peter Fretwell/BAS)

An enormous die-off has hit emperor penguin chicks from 4 colonies in West Antarctica on account of record-smashing low sea ice this yr, a brand new examine finds.


The discovering helps predictions that 98% of all emperor penguin colonies may turn out to be “quasi-extinct” by 2100, that means the variety of surviving penguins could also be too small to keep up viable populations.

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