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150,000 penguins succumb to colossal iceberg in Antarctica

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Published on 14 Feb 2016 12:38 PM GMT

150,000 penguins succumb to colossal iceberg in Antarctica
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Sydney: An Antarctic iceberg that has blocked access for thousands of penguins to the sea since 2010, tends to completely wipe out the penguin colony.

The strength of the flightless birds have decreased to 10,000 from 160,000 after being forced to waddle over 40 miles in search of food.

  • Over 150,000 penguins died after giant iceberg rendered colony landlocked in Antarctica.
  • The penguins had to trek over 40 miles to the sea in quest of food.
  • The penguins of Cape Denison in Commonwealth Bay used to live close to a large body of open water.
  • An iceberg measuring 2900 sq km became trapped in the bay in 2010, rendering the colony landlocked.
  • Over the years, the onerous journey has had a devastating effect on the size of the colony.

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