Scientists have blamed extensive areas of sea ice for a catastrophic Adelie penguin breeding season in Antartica leaving just two chicks to survive out of a colony of 18,000.
Unusually extensive sea ice late in the summer, despite low ice early in the season meant the penguins had to travel further for food, causing the chicks to starve.
Marxist conservation group WWF is devastated, claiming that the fishing industry somehow is to blame for the extensive ice coverage.
“The ice is supposed to be melting not increasing and this goes right against our campaign to get the public to believe the ice has all but gone due to man-made global warming,” a WWF spokeswoman said.
A proposal for a new protected area for the water off east Antartica will be considered by government this week.