(Crozet) Largest king penguin colony has shrunk 90% in 30 years

RTE | 31/07/2018

The world’s largest king penguin colony has shrunk by nearly 90% over the past thirty years, according to a study published in the Antarctic Science.

The last time scientists set foot on France’s remote Ile aux Cochons – roughly half way between Africa and Antarctica – the island was blanketed by two million of the flightless birds, which stand about a metre tall.

But recent satellite images and photos taken from helicopters show the population has collapsed, with barely 200,000 remaining, according to the study.

The cause of the unprecedented decline remains a mystery, however climate change may have played a role.