The marine biologists in Argentina announced that a flock of one million Magellanic penguins arrived at the Punta Tombo peninsula in search of food. However, the experts are a bit puzzled because these penguins usually gather in such large flocks just during the breeding season.
This number represents a record for this species. The locals said that it was a great sight. Although the birds come every year on the Argentine peninsula to feed, never before has anyone seen such an impressive flock.
Over the past several days, small crustaceans, sardines, anchovies, and other fish have invaded the waters of Punta Tombo. Therefore, the peninsula has become a magnet for the Magellanic penguins which decided to show up to the feast as soon as possible.
The small islets around the shoreline represent the ideal nesting areas for this species, which migrate to Chile and southern Argentina in large flocks every year during the breeding season. The migration starts in autumn, around late September.
Magellanic penguins are roughly fifty centimeters tall (twenty inches), and they have distinct a crescent of white feathers. They are found in Chile and Argentina during the breeding season, but they also head to southwestern Brazil where they stay from March to September.
Needless to say that this species is not threatened. Nevertheless, commercial fishing had a major impact on these birds as some time ago, thousands of specimens were killed in the Falkland Islands. Besides this, oil pollution represents another threat to these penguins. According to the statistics, roughly 40,000 Magellanic penguins are killed in Argentina every year.
It is worth mentioning that there are other bird sightings across the world. The Monterey Bay Aquarium is live streaming a flock of African penguins. The users can monitor the birds’ activities in their natural habitat.
The officials are streaming live two feeding sessions every day, in the morning and at noon. These sessions are labeled as important educational events. The Magellanic penguins have become widely popular after footage showing two males fighting over a female went viral in November last year.
Unlike this video, the new sighting is much more positive as the birds in Argentina are having a great time on the beach, feeding, and bathing in the sun.