20th January 2016, was Penguin awareness day. I am late with blogging this due to flying home from Egypt on the 2oth. So belated happy Penguin Awareness day!
Penguins are so much fun and amazing birds. They can not fly, but they can swim reaching up to 25kph. Meaning that catching fish is how they eat.
As fun and cool as penguins are, they like every animal on the planet are facing a lot of threats to their survival. So what is threatening penguin populations? As mentioned before fish are their main prey item and who likes to eat fish? We do! So we are causing a massive decline in food available for penguins. Also, when penguins are raising their chicks on shore, it means they have to travel further out to sea to catch food. Leaving chicks very vulnerable to predation and starvation.
Climate change is another threat. More extreme weather is never helpful. Penguins do get hyperthermia from rainfall, particularly chicks that haven’t developed their waterproof feather or moulting adults. Not only do you get increased storms and rain but also longer hotter dry periods leading again to death. Climate change also has effects on prey distribution as well.
It is however, not all doom and gloom. Awareness day like the 20th allow people to find out more about penguins and to help make changes to help their populations.