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Tag: Gentoo penguins

  • Tuesday, January 23rd 2024 - 11:08 UTC

    Falklands confirms new avian influenza (bird flu) case, gentoo penguins on Sea Lion Island

    Since Monday 30 October 2023, 66 suspect birds/animals have been reported, 40 have been swabbed. Five have returned positive results and 35 negative results. Photo: Nick Warner

    On Thursday 18 January, swabs from 3 dead gentoo penguins from Sea Lion returned positive results for highly pathogenic avian influenza. Several gentoo chicks (20-30) and a few adults (1-4) were observed dead or symptomatic. Given the proximity of the affected colony to the airstrip and residential area of the Island and the density of wildlife in the area, a level 3 response will be followed and the whole of Sea Lion Island is declared an infected place. No persons are permitted to visit Sea Lion Island without authorization from the Director of Natural Resources.

  • Monday, November 13th 2023 - 20:34 UTC

    Gentoo penguins: Dive, forage, love? Fitter penguins dive deeper

    Thousands of gentoo penguins live and hunt, using the Falkland Islands as a breeding zone for their tiny chicks.

    Sarah McComb Turbitt, marine biologist from the University of British Columbia illustrates us with a new study published in Marine Ecology Progress Series, from Dr. Marie Auger-Méthé, principal investigator and associate professor at the University of British Columbia’s Department of Statistics and Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries (IOF). The article interesting enough refers Gentoo penguins in the Falkland Islands.

  • Thursday, February 2nd 2023 - 10:57 UTC

    Falklands Veterinary Officers report on Gentoo rookery Penguin pox

    Juvenile Gentoo penguin deaths swabs were taken to be tested for avian influenza and have returned a negative result to the N1 gene.

    On Tuesday 24 January, Veterinary Officers and Falkland Landholdings representatives visited Berthas Beach following reports of several juvenile Gentoo penguin deaths. The unwell and dead penguins that were reported displayed severe penguin pox lesions.

  • Thursday, January 26th 2023 - 10:06 UTC

    Falklands Veterinary Service reports Avian pox amongst Gentoo penguins

    Avian Pox is a contagious disease and can be spread through contaminated footwear and clothing.

    The Veterinary Service section from the Falkland Islands Department of Agriculture has announced that it has received a reported outbreak of avian pox amongst Gentoo penguins in the Falklands.

  • Thursday, February 24th 2022 - 07:47 UTC

    Antarctic sea ice set of a new record low minimum, Greenpeace

    The Antarctic ice sheet is losing mass three times faster now than in the 1990s  and contributing to global sea level rise (Pic Reuters)

    Greenpeace reports that data from the National Sea Ice Data Center shows that this year Antarctic sea ice will reach the lowest extent on satellite record. Preliminary measurements show the sea ice around the continent has surpassed the previous record minimum set, in March 2017, of 2.1 million square kilometers, dropping to 1.98 million square kilometers on Sunday 20 February.

  • Tuesday, January 25th 2022 - 09:50 UTC

    Climate change concern: Gentoo colonies moving further south

    Gentoo penguins usually live in sub-Antarctic areas.

    By Laura Geggel – Scientists have discovered a previously unknown colony of gentoo penguins in one of the southernmost spots these waddling birds have ever been spotted. The discovery is a cause for concern, according to the researchers, who say that climate change is expanding the range of this temperate, non-ice-loving species of penguin.

  • Monday, January 25th 2021 - 08:51 UTC

    Gentoo penguins in South Georgia enjoying an enlarged no-fishing zone

    South Georgia is home to important colonies of penguins, including Gentoo. Their main diet is krill – a small shrimp-like crustacean – that is abundant in the area.

    Gentoo penguins are benefiting from a newly enlarged no-fishing zone (known as a No-Take Zone NTZ) around the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia following British Antarctic Survey (BAS) tracking research commissioned by the RSPB.

  • Wednesday, November 4th 2020 - 08:23 UTC

    Gentoo penguins are four species, not one, say scientists

    “The four species we propose live in quite different latitudes”

    By University of Bath – Gentoo penguins should be reclassified as four separate species, say scientists at the Milner Centre for Evolution at the University of Bath, after analyzing the genetic and physical differences between populations around the southern hemisphere.

  • Wednesday, August 26th 2020 - 08:49 UTC

    Two female Gentoo penguins are raising a baby chick in Spanish aquarium

    Penguin parents typically take turns incubating their eggs, which usually take 38 days to hatch.

    Two female gentoo penguins are new moms at an aquarium in Spain and are raising the baby chick they adopted as an egg.

  • Friday, April 26th 2019 - 06:16 UTC

    Meet the Falkland Islands penguins

    King Penguins at  Volunteer Point - Falkland Islands (Pic D.Pettersson)

    By Chloe May - On 25 April every year, people around the world celebrate World Penguin Day - a day to raise awareness of the plight these flightless birds are currently facing. This takes place at the same time as the annual northern migration of Antarctica’s Adelie penguins and was created as a way for researchers at an American research centre on Ross Island to pass time and raise awareness.

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