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Coffee!!: Millions of missing penguins found

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From Erik Lief at ACSH:

The researchers, from the well-known Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, discovered more than 750,000 nesting pairs of the Adélie penguin – or more than 1.5 million in all – on the Danger Islands archipelago, which consists of nine, small land masses spanning 35 kilometers on Antarctica’s northern tip, facing South America.

“Our estimate is more than three times the abundance estimated by an earlier survey,” wrote the study’s authors, “largely because several colonies, not known to exist at the time, were missed entirely.” The paper, published online Friday in the journal Scientific Reports, adds that the population find on the Antarctic Peninsula was “more than the rest of AP region combined, and include the third and fourth largest Adélie penguin colonies in the world.” More.

File under: Birds are smarter than people about surviving ecology changes. They just weren’t in the vicinity.

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One Reply to “Coffee!!: Millions of missing penguins found

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    DATCG says:

    When I first saw that story I had to laugh just a bit 🙂

    Animals migrate either as a pattern in seasons, or as food sources diminish and migrate to new sources of food. There could be many reasons for this migration. Maybe they wanted to stop being tagged and tackled by scientist 😉

    Scientist still have much to learn. Polar Bears are flourishing and Penguins are fine. Al Gore is 0-2.

    Another story from the UK on “coldest spring day” on record.

    UK weather: Armed Forces called in as death toll rises to 10 in coldest spring day on record

    Danny Boyle Ben Farmer, defence correspondent Victoria Ward Katie Morley, consumer affairs editor Camilla Turner, education editor 2 MARCH 2018 • 4:22AM

    – Seven-year-old girl is latest victim of extreme weather

    – RAF helps with relief efforts as roads, trains and flights halted and schools closed

    – Red alert for south Wales and south west England

    – Major rescue operation underway in Hampshire

    – National Grid warns UK will not have enough gas to meet demand

    – Changeable weather could fuel rise in heart attacks, study suggests

    – Panic buying leads to empty supermarket shelves

    “The Armed Forces have been forced to step in as police and hospitals struggle to cope with freezing weather sweeping across Britain.”

    “Nearly every part of the country was hit by snowfall and gales as the Met Office said Thursday was the UK’s coldest spring day on record.”

    Contrast this to an Independent News report on the “end of snow” in England back in 2010 by a scientist…

    However, the warming is so far manifesting itself more in winters which are less cold than in much hotter summers.

    According to Dr. David Viner, a senior research scientist at the climatic research unit(CRU) of the University of East Anglia, within a few years winter snowfall will become “a very rare and exciting event.”

    “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,” he said.

    the story is no longer at the same link, from a PDF saved archive…

    Snowfalls are now a thing of the past

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