Saturday, December 29, 2007

Adelie Penguins Facing Extinction

National Geographic now has an article on the possible extinction of Adelie Penguins in the next decade. Now not really sure how reliable I want to take them when they blatantly have an error in the article. They call the Adelies the smallest penguin species. Well they are not. The fairy/blue penguins in Australia are way smaller than Adelies. The fact does remain that global warming really is threatening the Antarctic Peninsula habitat that they used to thrive in. In this region they really may go extinct, however I believe they are not as threatened in their other colonies such as on the actual Antarctic continent. Thus they may go extinct on the peninsula within the next decade, but they certainly will still be at least still in the wild for a little longer than a decade. Either way this species certainly is nearing the point of being on the endangered list of species.

Adelie Penguin

Fairy Penguin, the actual smallest species of penguins

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