150,000 penguins died after the iceberg they lived on went aground and they were forced to go a long way to try to find food in the Antarctica.
The 100 square kilometer iceberg ran aground in Commonwealth Bay in December 2010, which caused serious repercussions for the penguin colony that lived there, says researchers from Australia and New Zealand.
In February 2011, researchers estimated that 160,000 Adelie penguins lived on the grounded iceberg, but when it was made a new census in December 2013 there were only 10,000 left.
The mass death has happened because the penguins had to embark on a distance more than 60-kilometer to get food, which had tragic consequences for the young penguins.
Researchers from the University of New South Wales and the West Coast Penguin Trust in New Zealand, found large quantities of abandoned eggs, surrounded by the frozen remains of last year's chicks when they visited the area.
- The population may be extinct within 20 years. It is eerily quiet now, says Chris Turney of UNSW.
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