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Giselda Candiotti, director of Niteroi Zoo, checks magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) rescued off the coast of Rio de Janeiro before to be transported by the Brazilian Oceanographic Navy "Ary Rongel" and freed in southern Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 6, 2008. The magellanic penguins migrate annually to the Argentinian and Uruguayan coast during their migration from Patagonia in July, and large numbers end up on Rio de Janeiro's beaches every year, swept by strong ocean currents from the Strait of Magellan. This year is seeing higher numbers and more dead penguins than usual; more of 150 penguins have been treated by veterinarians at the Zoo this year and over 400 baby penguins have been found dead on the state's shores over the past two months. Penguins will transported by boat and freed in southern Brazil in September when the southern hemisphere Spring arrives. The species is classified as "Near Threatened," primarily due to the vulnerability of large breeding colonies to oil spills, which kill 20,000 adults and 22,000 juveniles every year off the coast of Argentina. The decline of fish populations is also responsible, as well as predators such as sea lions and giant petrels, which prey on both the chicks and the adults. (Austral Foto/Renzo Gostoli)Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) rescued off the coast of Rio de Janeiro wait at the Niteroi Zoo to be transported by the Brazilian Oceanographic Navy "Ary Rongel" and freed in southern Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 6, 2008. The magellanic penguins migrate annually to the Argentinian and Uruguayan coast during their migration from Patagonia in July, and large numbers end up on Rio de Janeiro's beaches every year, swept by strong ocean currents from the Strait of Magellan. This year is seeing higher numbers and more dead penguins than usual; more of 150 penguins have been treated by veterinarians at the Zoo this year and over 400 baby penguins have been found dead on the state

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Giselda Candiotti, director of Niteroi Zoo, checks magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) rescued off the coast of Rio de Janeiro before to be transported by the Brazilian Oceanographic Navy "Ary Rongel" and freed in southern Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, October 6, 2008. The magellanic penguins migrate annually to the Argentinian and Uruguayan coast during their migration from Patagonia in July, and large numbers end up on Rio de Janeiro's beaches every year, swept by...
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Headline: Penguins rescued
Author: Renzo Gostoli
Date created: 25 Jul 2008
Dimension: 2592x3872
File size: 6.0MB
City: Rio de Janeiro
Country: Brazil
Keywords: Gostoli, Brazil, Brasil, Rio de Janeiro, penguin, veterinarian, Patagonia, Argentina, uruguay, magellanic, Zoo, Niteroi, 2008, Ary Rongel, Navy Oceanographic, animal, ecologia, ecology, environment, medio ambiente
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