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A_Dragon t1_j1egqqw wrote

Yeah I would imagine they would just move further inland. It’s not as if there’s something essential about the ice for them other than it allows them to be closer to the water.

If the ice recedes they likely will too. That’s what I would think.


OathOfFeanor t1_j1ezknn wrote

Sometimes entire colonies end up on a melting ice island that is now floating away from land. The result is near extinction of the colony.


redditaccount224488 t1_j1forls wrote

Wait, why? I can see all the offspring from that year dying, but wouldn't the adults eventually jump back in the water and try again next year?


OathOfFeanor t1_j1g9st1 wrote

You're thinking on a small scale

Think about the size of an island, but floating at the speed of an iceberg

By the time the birds are heading to the water, it is over 100km to swim back to the mainland


[deleted] t1_j1g263p wrote

There are things in the deep that even penguins fear