22/02/2020 – El fotógrafo Frans Lanting de la conocida revista National Geographic publicó recientemente en su cuenta de Instagram fotografías del pingüino Adelie. A estos pingüinos también se les llama pingüinos de hielo, porque viven en la parte más fría de la Antártica. Junto con el pingüino Emperador, los pingüinos Adelie pasan la mayor parte de su vida en la nieve y el hielo.

Pero ahora, según su publicación, deben aprender a vivir en un hábitat distinto, pues el calentamiento global lo está cambiando drásticamente.

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Photos by @FransLanting Adelie penguins are also called ice penguins because they thrive in the extreme cold of Antarctica. Along with the bigger Emperor penguins Adelies spend more time on ice and snow than any other members of the penguin family. But now they have to learn how to cope with a different environment as their world is warming up dramatically. During my recent trip to Antarctica the temperatures rarely dropped below the freezing point for nearly two weeks, which is very unusual. If this becomes part of a new normal we may have to start thinking of Adelies as mud penguins. Here are two views from one site. The first image shows a chick caked in mud. it’s losing its down, but it is not ready yet to go to sea. The second one shows a colony overview. The clean, white adults have just come back from open water to feed their young, who are standing around in mud and guano. They have no other place to go, because their parents will only feed them close to the original nest site. When the chicks get that dirty, they lose their insulation and they risk dying of hypothermia when it rains or gets cold again. If you care about what is happening down there, please consider supporting organizations that can do something about this, because change begins with us. Go to the link in my Instagram profile to learn more about the Global Penguin Society. And follow us @FransLanting and @ChristineEckstrom for more stories about our changing planet. @GlobalPenguinSociety @AntarcticSouthernOcean @ThePhotoSociety #Antarctica #Penguins #PenguinChick #ClimateChange #globalwarming #savetheplanet

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Significa que tendremos que pensar en pingüinos de lodo, no de hielo. Los bebés por el calor pierden su abrigo, quedan barados llenos de lodo y guano, esperando a sus padres que consigan comida. Cuando los polluelos se ensucian pierden su aislamiento y tiene el riesgo de de morir de hipotermia cuando llueve y hace frío.

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