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Photo of Gentoo Penguins taken during a light snow storm on Cuverville Island Antarctic Peninsula.

The Gentoo Penguin is listed as Near Threatened on the IUCN Red list of Threatened Species

Melting sea ice and overfishing have triggered a dangerously rapid decline in penguin populations on the Antarctic peninsula – a direct result of global warming, warns a new report from the WWF.

Temperatures on the frozen continent are rising five times faster than the global average due to the unprecedented rate of climate change, pushing four species perilously close to extinction.

Warmer temperatures are forcing penguins to raise their young on increasingly thinner and more precarious ice floes, while stronger winds mean many eggs and chicks are being blown away from their parents before they are able to survive on their own.

The gentoo, chinstrap and adélie – along with the emperor, the largest penguin species in the world – are now struggling to survive as melting sea ice destroys nesting sites and reduces vital food sources, such as krill.

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  • annemarieL
    annemarieLover 5 years ago

    Aww, what an absolutely wonderful capture, Robert. Lots of little ‘Happy Feet’ – love it! :)

  • Deborah  Benoit
    Deborah Benoitover 5 years ago

    This is lovely Robert!!

  • Travis Easton
    Travis Eastonover 5 years ago

    This shot is just asking for some humorous talk bubbles, great shot mate.

  • Marilyn Harris
    Marilyn Harrisover 5 years ago

    Beautifully captured Robert! Like Anne-Marie, can’t help thinking about ‘Happy Feet’ myself! :o)

  • Sharon Hammond
    Sharon Hammondover 5 years ago

    Beautiful image.

  • KatsEye
    KatsEyeover 5 years ago

    Another gorgeous capture. Love it.

  • helmutk
    helmutkover 5 years ago

    Wonderful image !

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 5 years ago

    incredible capture!!!!

  • Jay Ryser
    Jay Ryserover 5 years ago


  • Marissa Oosterlee
    Marissa Oosterleeover 5 years ago

    Must have been a dream walking around them…. wonderful shot.

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