Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Brazil's penguin visitors

According to Tony at Brazil Travel Blog, penguins appear along the Brazilian coast on a regular basis during the subtropical winter, but penguins in Bahia are a very rare occurrence.

Widely reported by the media this year is the appearance of penguins places as far as Salvador. On a single weekend, 25 penguins were rescued in the Salvador area.

Most of the penguins found are chicks. They come from the Argentinian Patagonia and migrate to the south of Brazil in their search for food. Scientists believe that due to global warming and the melting of the poles the Malvinas current is stronger and taking the penguins farther north than ever before.

Photo: Tony Galvez

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