‘Which one’s yours?’ Thousands of penguins watch over their chicks in a bizarre who’s who
Thousands of penguins gather in mass on this tiny island near Antarctica with massive groups of chicks seeming to blend together on the frozen shore.
With their parents out hunting for dinner, it’s a miracles they can tell whose chick is whose from the tangle of fluffy brown birds.
These images were captured by Roie Galitz on South Georgia Islands near Antarctica.
The wildlife photographer from Tel-Aviv says he was overwhelmed by the sight of the flock, as well as worried about the birds’ future.
Roie, 37, said: “In these images, around 200,000 King Penguins gather on the shores of South Georgia to lay their eggs and raise their young chicks to adulthood. This area is reach in food for the penguins, but the predators follow them there as well.
“They are usually amazed and can’t believe these places and scenes actually exist. Some buy prints and others book a lecture for their company. The most adventurous ones ask how they can join me on my next expeditions.
“‘WOW’. I think that word came out loud so many times. It’s just overwhelming.
“The Wildlife is endangered due to global climate change and human intervention. In Antarctica, masses of Krill (a small shrimp-like creature) are getting sucked up by industrial fishing vessels.
“If this trend continues, the Krill population will decrease and affect the entire Antarctic eco-system and especially the Penguins and Whales that depend on it.
“In Greenpeace we launched a global campaign to create the Antarctic Ocean Sanctuary to prevent this kind of exploitation, abuse and damage.”
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