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150,000 penguins die in Antarctica

Adelie penguin colony on Antarctica. Photo AAP/Mary Evans/Ardea/M. Watson

Adelie penguin colony on Antarctica. Photo AAP/Mary Evans/Ardea/M. Watson

SANTIAGO –  [AP] A new scientific study says an estimated 150,000 Adelie penguins have died in Cape Denison, Antarctica in the five years since a giant iceberg blocked their main access to food.

The study by Australian and New Zealand researchers was recently published in the journal Antarctic Science.

It says a 97km-long iceberg crashed and got stuck in Commonwealth Bay, blocking access to their natural feeding areas starting in December 2010.

The huge piece of ice forced the birds to walk more than 60km in search of food, gradually reducing the population to just a few thousand.

The survey was conducted in 2013-14 by scientists at The Climate Change Research Centre at the University of NSW and New Zealand’s West Coast Penguin Trust.


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