Punta Tombo Penguins

Magellanic penguins on the beach in Punta Tombo, Argentina
Gustavo Almada, Flickr

Every breeding season, some 400,000 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) come to Punta Tombo, Argentina to nest on the shore. They typically lay two eggs in a burrow or under a bush, and the parents take turns watching the egg or chick and heading out to sea to catch food. In recent years, the parents have had to go farther to catch food that has moved offshore as ocean waters warm from climate change. This is putting chicks and the population in danger. Read more on the Ocean Portal blog.