Runaway Iceberg Puts Penguins In Peril

In a development that will disrupt marine life in Antarctic, a vast iceberg nearly 78 km long and up to 39 km wide has broken off its eastern region. Researchers have warned that the iceberg, which calved from the Mertz Glacier Tongue earlier this month after it was hit by another huge iceberg, B9B, could have consequences for the area’s colonies of emperor penguins. The emblematic birds may be forced to travel further afield to find food. “It is a very active area for algae growth, especially in springtime,” explained Dr Neal Young from the Australia-based Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Co-operative Research Centre. “There are emperor penguin colonies about 200-300 km away to the west. They come to this area to feed and seals in the area also come to get access to the open water,” he told BBC News.

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