One adult Southern Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome) leads a group of young chicks into the sea. Scientists speculate the adult penguins might be teaching the young chicks to swim.
Some Southern Rockhopper Penguin nesting colonies have recently shown dramatic falls in the number of breeding pairs. The Falkland Islands once housed the stronghold for Southern Rockhopper Penguins, but over the last 60 years, numbers have declined by 90 percent.
A number of threats may be contributing to the declining populations of the Southern Rockhopper Penguin, although the importance of individual threats and how they interact to impact on penguin populations are currently poorly understood.
Saunders Island, Falkland Islands/Islas Malvinas.
- Neil Ever Osborne
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