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Gentoo Penguin ~ "It's a hard life" by Robert Elliott

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Photo of a Gentoo Penguin taken during a 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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  • Catherine Crimmins
    Catherine Crim...almost 7 years ago

    ahhh this is fantastic…he is soo cute

  • pollyh
    pollyhalmost 7 years ago

    Superb shot!!

  • phil1950
    phil1950almost 7 years ago

    Excellent shot, great job not blowing thec whites out, well done

  • funkyfacestudio
    funkyfacestudioalmost 7 years ago

    This little guy is so cute, he almost looks sad or deep in thought or something he he he, It’s a beautiful shot. It has great clarity and I love that little blurred guy in the background… really gives it an extra pop :)

  • Jen Cannella
    Jen Cannellaalmost 7 years ago

    Looks like he’s sad because the other one walked away and now he’s lonely. Great shot

  • sharonw
    sharonwalmost 7 years ago

    Lovely photo Robert. The title fits well, he/she does look like thay’ve had a tough day

  • midzing
    midzingalmost 7 years ago

    brilliant capture,,,, he sure doesnt look like happy feet!!! well done

  • mieclarke
    mieclarkealmost 7 years ago

    Awww…he doesn’t look happy but so cute! great capture Robert, very lovely photo. Your photos remind me " Happy Feet " , have you seen?

  • Jayne Healy
    Jayne Healyalmost 7 years ago

    Stunning clarity robert…This beautiful face makes me melt….

  • PhotoBloke
    PhotoBlokealmost 7 years ago

    Terrific shot Rob. Love the blurred compatriot in the background – adds to the forlorn effect.

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