Emperor penguins are known for their cool climate loving behaviors and swimming in icy waters. But with the climate changes that are occurring, it is unknown what will happen to these unique animals. Climates in many parts of the world, including the ice caps in the north and south are slowly melting. These changes are incoherently hurting the penguins in more ways than one. With the climate and air getting warmer, this causes the ice to melt, leaving the penguins with fewer places to be on land, and making them easier targets for predators in the water. This causes their numbers to decline, and with that, less mates, and less penguins overall.
Other ways this affects penguins, is the fact that they must cope with these changes, which forces them to migrate to different locations. The penguins are not familiar with these areas, and because of this, they are confused and open to predators, as well as not knowing how to catch food. These changes will affect their breeding as well. Penguins mate and breed their babies only on sea ice, if the ice melts then breeding failure may occur. They tend to breed on the sea ice, as it gives them relatively easy access to waters where they hunt food. But if the sea ice is reduced to lower levels, some trouble could occur. As well as their food source. Emperor penguins feed on shrimp, fish and krill. Krill feeds on different plankton that grow on the underside of ice. If the ice melts, the plankton will die, and then the krill will die and so on. This may be the most dangerous threat to the emperor penguins over everything else.
The only thing we can hope is that somehow we can stop the ice caps from melting, and help these species of wonderful creatures continue to survive. It’s not just only penguins either, other animal species in Antarctica and the north and south poles. Polar bears, seals, species of fish and other sea dwellers, If we ever have a chance of keeping these exclusive creatures alive, something must be done to preserve the ice caps and the natural habitats of the emperor penguins, and all other animals of these areas.
The melting of these frozen areas of the world is continually tied to global warming. The constant warming of the earth is the blame for many things and natural differences and changes, and this is one of them. As this is a relatively bad thing, this is also a ways to fix this particular problem as others as well. If we can fix global warming, this will most likely fix this problem and others as well. Although we don’t know how we would, if we can find a way, we can cause a major breakthrough in preserving these creatures and their natural habitats.
Whatever there is to fix this problem of a warming earth, we should find it soon, over the last century, and we have already seen the disappearance of the Dion Islets penguin colony, close to the west Antarctic Peninsula. And around 1948 to 1970 there were more than 150 breeding pairs observed there. By 1999 there were only about 20 pairs, and in 2009, it vanished altogether. This was most likely caused by the simultaneous decline in Antarctica sea ice due to the warming temperatures in the area. If we wish to preserve these animals something must be done, and fast. Will we be able to save these animals from ultimate extinction? Or will the Emperor penguins become another mass disappearance like the Dion Islet colony? Also could the key to their survival be global warming? Who knows, hopefully we will find out in time. If we don’t, we may see a sad disappearance of fascinating creatures that have been involved in stories, media, and other sorts of entertainment, as well as the wildlife circle. Without emperor penguins, other forms of wildlife such as seals, and polar bears will be in trouble. So in saving penguins we may save more species as well. This is a situation that must be dealt with immediately.