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Global carbon emissions could significantly reduce the hatch rates of Antarctic krill, with implications for the whales, penguins and fish that feed on it.
The immediate cause of the record-breaking warmth is a strong El Niño weather pattern, in which the ocean releases immense amounts of heat into the atmosphere.
The 22nd anniversary season of the Antarctic Site Inventory begins on October 23 — gloriously involving 15 departures with our collaborative partners, One Ocean Expeditions, aboard the MV AKADEMIK IOFFE and MV SERGEI VAVILOV. It’s going to be another great season counting penguins from the southern part of the western Antarctic Peninsula to the northern reaches of the Southern Ocean (South Georgia Island and the Falkland Islands).
Again, as well, happy to be working closely with our colleagues from The Lynch Lab at Stony Brook University, whose scientific expertise keeps the Inventory on the cutting edge of Antarctic science.
As our long-time followers know, we constitute the only, publicly supported, nonprofit science project working in Antarctica, and we’re the only ones monitoring penguin population changes across the vastly warming Antarctic Peninsula — where gentoo penguins are increasing their numbers and extending their range southward,, while Adélie and chinstrap numbers are in decline across the region.
We’ll keep you posted as the season progresses! And grateful for everyone’s help keeping our important work going.