penguins in brazil
Reuters pictures

This july coming back from Brazil I told in this post how many penguins I've unexpectedly found in the warm waters of Ilhabela, a wonderful island near Sao Paolo. In the meanwhile the media all over the world spread the news of the penguins arriving as far as Rio de Janeiro. Something really unusual for the magellanic penguins which are used to migrate along the atlantic southamerican coast but absolutely not so north. The scientists were and stil are confused about this unusual migration and a lack of food in their usual feeding waters or in an anomalous current that led them too north, both of them are probably consequencies of the global warming. The news is that the penguins haven't stopped in the meanwhile and they have arrived as far as Bahia and even to Recife that means that they have reached almost the equator after a journey of more than 3000 miles. Obviously many penguins are dead and the others are in great danger due to the extreme fatigue and to the excessive warmth of the waters. Brazilian authoritis have therefore decided to transport these animals with navy airplanes and ships back to the south. In the following pictures you can see the penguins loaded on a brazilian navy ship:

penguins in brazil
AFP/Getty Images

penguins in brazil
AFP/Getty Images

The following pictures instead show the release in the sea of some other penguins after having been transported by airplane:

penguins in brazil
(International Fund for Animal Welfare/AP Photo)

penguins in brazil
(International Fund for Animal Welfare/AP Photo)

Comments

3 Response to 'The odyssey of the brazilian penguins'

  1. FBI
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/odyssey-of-brazilian-penguins.html?showComment=1230283080000#c1257740731963598116'> December 26, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    news and good pictures

     

  2. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/odyssey-of-brazilian-penguins.html?showComment=1279898253321#c3713023758849283174'> July 23, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    good news.. and pretty disturbing too.
    Why hasn't there been more documentation of this.

     

  3. Anonymous
    http://seawayblog.blogspot.com/2008/10/odyssey-of-brazilian-penguins.html?showComment=1284828646096#c3294000030810620840'> September 18, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Those arent Magellanic penguins.. they'd have two stripes in the front... we've seen penguins all the way up to us in Macae Brazil!