600 Penguins Found Dead In Antarctica

Associated Press

Australian scientists Friday reported finding hundreds of dead Emperor penguin chicks in Antarctica, apparently killed by shifting ice.

They found 600 chicks, none more than 5 weeks old, and scores of crushed eggs at a breeding ground 40 miles north of Australia’s Mawson station.

The three-foot-tall Emperor penguin, distinguished by gold and black head plumage, breeds during the winter in about 30 colonies along the Antarctic coast south of Australia, said Enid Borschmann, one of the scientists.

Borschmann estimated that the penguin colony numbered about 10,000 before the collapse of a nearby ice cliff.