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Largest colony koningspinguïns 90 percent shrunk

CAMBRIDGE – The French uninhabited island of Ile aux Cochons in the Indian Ocean had the largest colony of koningspinguïns. But scientists have made a remarkable discovery that has been made. The colony of the second largest pinguin species over the past 35 years on the island, with almost 90 percent shrunk.

The island was in the 80’s known as an important breeding ground of the king penguin.

The island, which belongs to the Crozeteilanden between Antarctica and Africa, was in the 80’s known as an important breeding ground of the king penguin. It was the second largest penguin colony in the world. But since then the number of pairs of 500,000 had shrunk to 60,000. This is evident from aerial photos and imagery, write researchers in the wetenschapsblad Antarctic Science.

According to the scientists is as yet no plausible explanation for such an unprecedented drop in the pinguïnpopulatie.

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