The rare Galápagos Penguin lives in warm places - and it's in a pinch! The El Niño global weather pattern and ocean pollution are killing off the Galapagos Penguin.
Body length: 50-53cm
(Source: Doubutsu Sekai-isan* Red Data Animals Kodansha) (*World Animal Heritage)
Galápagos Penguins live only on the Galápagos Islands, just south of the equator.
Galápagos Penguins swim in groups to catch fish. They eat small sharks, mullet, sardines, grunt, and other fish.
Because it lives in a warm climate, the Galápagos Penguin is very good at getting cool. It can expand its blood vessels and open its mouth very wide to cool itself off.
Galápagos Penguins can't find food because of El Niño...
The Galápagos Penguin lives on tropical islands. This is an unusual penguin! What's sad about it, is its numbers are becoming fewer because of the El Niño weather pattern. When El Niño happens, ocean water gets warmer, and the fish that Galápagos Penguins feed on will die. Nobody knows what causes El Niño.
Ocean waste is a big problem!
Many Galápagos Penguins are dying because of people's carelessness. The penguins can get stuck in fishing nets. They are also being damaged by dirty water in the ocean. Oil spills are very dangerous to the Galápagos Penguins. Oil spills happen when a boat carrying oil has an accident. The ocean is quickly dirtied, and Galápagos Penguins t are in danger.
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