Northern Rockhopper Penguin
Relief - Block Print
The Northern Rockhopper Penguin breeds on islands in the South Atlantic & Indian Oceans; and spends the rest of the time at sea. While foraging, Rockhoppper Penguins dive as deep as 330 feet and remain underwater for several minutes at a time. Oil spills are a major problem for the penguins since oiled feathers lose the waterproofing necessary to keep the birds warm. After a 2011 oil spill on Tristan Da Cunha, an estimated 3,700 oiled penguins were collected for rehabilitation, but only 10 percent survived. Other threats are climate change, which causes fluctuations in ocean temperature, affecting the availability of prey; commercial fishing nets that entangle and drown penguins; commercial over-harvesting of fish which can cause food shortages for the birds; and marine pollution. Part of the 100 WILD ANIMAL MINI PRINTS series.
June 23rd, 2020
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