31 Jul '18, 1am

King penguin colony shrinks 90 per cent: 5 reasons for the population collapse

King penguin colony shrinks 90 per cent: 5 reasons for the population collapse

The planet's largest king penguin colony has shrunk by nearly 90 per cent, in an alarming decline. Researchers said on Monday (July 30) that France's remote Ile aux Cochons island- located roughly half way between the tip of Africa and Antarctica - used to be blanketed by two million of the flightless birds, which stand about a metre tall. Recent satellite images however show that the population has mysteriously collapsed with barely 200,000 of the penguins remaining. Here are five reasons why the decline might have happened. 1. The 1997 El Nino In 1997, a particularly strong El Nino - a cyclical weather event which occurs every two to seven years - warmed the southern Indian Ocean and temporarily pushing the fish and squid on which king penguins depend on for food out of the birds' foraging range. This resulted in population decline and poor breeding success for king peng...

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