Environmental conservation has always been important to me as climate change is affecting everything around us. The melting sea ice in the Antarctic and the rising sea temperatures have dramatically affected even the smallest of sea creatures.
The Adélie Penguins I have painted as the second in a series of thirteen titled: Sir David Attenborough: Pieces of the Puzzle, is a species of penguin common along the entire coast of the Antarctic continent and on many small, surrounding coastal islands. They spend the winter offshore in the seas surrounding the Antarctic pack ice, which is its only habitat. Recent studies show that the penguin population has increased, with the current count sitting at six million Adélie penguins in their natural habitat.
As the Polar ice caps melt with the warming climate, the penguin’s habitat begins to shrink. The large cracks that form in the ice make the penguin’s journey for food increasingly difficult. The warming climate affects all the other species in the region with the smallest being affected first; therefore the penguin’s primary food source Krill is declining.
Each animal in the food chain plays a part in the survival of all others. Although the penguin’s situation is not critical, it is only a matter of time if we do not focus our efforts on reducing carbon emissions by reducing the personal carbon footprint.
The Adélie penguins are very cheeky little creatures. They have been known for stealing rocks from their neighbour’s nests, and they make their chicks chase them before they vomit up the Krill for them. They are known to be one of the most humorous animals to watch in Antarctica.
This picture is the second part of the much bigger picture!