Penguin catastrophe leaves thousands of chicks dead with only two survivors

A penguin colony in Antarctica has suffered a massive breeding failure, with only two chicks surviving the disaster. Terre Adélie (Adélie Land) is home to more than 18,000 pairs of Adélie penguins, but this year almost all the seabirds' babies starved to death, a situation one expert described as "Tarantino does Happy Feet."

The World Wildlife Fund said unseasonably extensive amounts of sea ice around the colony in East Antarctica had forced the adult penguins to travel further than normal to forage for food.


This story is full of holes and inconsistancies:

  • unseasonably extensive amounts of sea ice around the colony – I thought the Anartic was shrinking and needed more ice?
  • Penguin catastrophe leaves thousands of chicks dead with only two survivors – If you just read the title you would think millions of chicks died.  But if you read beyond the first few lines you will see its a very small group in a specfic regions – "The impact of this catastrophic event is confined to this specific colony of Adélie penguins, predictions are that the Antarctic will get warmer and this may pose different challenges in the longer term,"
  • Now your're back to saying a warmer Anartic is bad but in my first point its somehow causing more ice.
  • Adélie penguins survive on a diet of krill, a shrimp-like crustacean. Experts fear proposals to open the area up to the krill fishing industry would further threaten the local penguin population. – So there no data or studies to prove this out eithe way?  Either there aren't any an dyou;re just playing on fear or this is lazy journalism.
  • Last year, the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) created the largest marine sanctuary in the Ross Sea in Antarctica. – Well if this was a sancutarty shouldn't this have been a safer area because of less human interaction?
  • Ice shelves extend out from areas of land, floating on the sea, the ESA explains; they slow the ice sheet's movement towards the sea, reducing ice melt. – Is this a good or bad thing?  Didn't you start the article saying that there's too much ice build up in one year?  Yeah, remeber this extra ice built up in one year because this wasn't an issue last year.
  • Calving is a natural occurrence, but scientists are exploring whether climate change may play a role in speeding up such rifts.- So should we worry about a natural process?  I thought we had too ice killing the chicks. Wouldn't be a good thing to shed some of the ice?

If its really to much is then try breaking up the ice next year.