Endangered Galápagos Penguin Population Doubles

Galapagos penguin

Climate change means trouble for many species, but it seems to be helping the world’s rarest penguins. Shifts in trade winds and ocean currents enlarged a cold pool of water in the Galápagos Islands that the endangered penguins rely on for food and breeding. This allowed the Galápagos penguin population to double over the last 30 years, to more than 1,000 birds in 2014, researchers said. "With climate change, there are a lot of new and increasing stresses on ecosystems, but biology sometimes surprises us," said Kristopher Karnauskas, the study’s lead author and a climate scientist who performed the research while at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. "There might be places — little outposts — where ecosystems might thrive just by coincidence." The study was recently accepted for publication in Geophysical Research Letters, an American Geophysical Union journal. — Read it at Science Daily


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