Wednesday, 19 February 2020

A pair of chinstrap penguins swim near Two Hummock Island, Antarctica, February 2, 2020. The chinstrap penguin, named after the narrow black band under its head, inhabits the islands and shores of the Southern Pacific and Antarctic Oceans and feeds on krill. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A colony of chinstrap penguins stand on Snow Island, Antarctica, January 31, 2020. "The declines that we've seen are definitely dramatic," said Steve Forrest, a conservation biologist who joined a team of scientists from the two U.S. universities of Stony Brook and Northeastern on an Antarctic expedition that has just ended. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A group of gentoo penguins walk along Quentin Point, Anvers Island, Antarctica, February 4, 2020. the scientists, travelling on two Greenpeace ships, the Esperanza and the Arctic Sunrise, conducted their expedition to Western Antarctica from Jan. 5 to Feb. 8, and used manual and drone surveying techniques to assess the scale of the damage. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Steve Forrest, a scientist, counts the number of chinstrap penguins in a colony standing on Anvers Island, Antarctica, February 4, 2020. The number of chinstraps at one important habitat in the region, Elephant Island, has plummeted by around 60% since the last survey in 1971, to fewer than 53,000 breeding pairs today, the expedition found. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

A colony of chinstrap penguins gather on Anvers Island, Antarctica, February 4, 2020. The World Meteorological Organization said last week that a research base in Antarctica had recorded the hottest temperature ever for the continent - 18.3 degrees Celsius (64.94 degrees Fahrenheit) - as global warming causes an increase in melting of the ice sheets around the south pole. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino