Gentoo Penguin by Robert Elliott

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Photo of Gentoo Penguin taken at Neko Harbour, Antarctic mainland.

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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Comments

  • Coralie Plozza
    Coralie Plozzaover 7 years ago

    great shot..love the water droplets…and the contrasting colour of his feet against the rock

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 7 years ago

    Awesome capture, stunning penguin and shot, well done Robert.

  • tjmimagery
    tjmimageryabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic capture, excellent detail.

  • Heabar
    Heabarabout 7 years ago

    Robert he is just so handsome & beautiful:) great shot mate!!!

  • jesika
    jesikaabout 7 years ago

    Gorgeous image
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  • Antanas
    Antanasabout 7 years ago

    Beautiful work! Well done!

  • CMCphotoart
    CMCphotoartabout 7 years ago

    Lovely capture, Robert.

  • Sean Farragher
    Sean Farragherabout 7 years ago

    great shot

  • MaryO
    MaryOabout 7 years ago

    Penquins are one of my favorites, this one is very charming.

  • helene
    heleneabout 7 years ago

    Wonderful shot Robert!

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