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Adelies Are Doing Fine, Despite What The BBC Say

November 24, 2022

By Paul Homewood




According to the BBC, scientists have revealed a 43% decline in a large Adélie penguin population off the east Antarctic coast over the past decade.

It’s believed several years of extensive ice near the penguin colony was the trigger – despite an overall reduction of ice around Antarctica.

They report that scientists are unsure if the population will be able to recover.


WOW!! No more Adelies. That is scary.

But being the BBC, they conveniently did not tell you the whole story, which the Guardian did:

Scientists at the Australian Antarctic Division have recorded a severe decline in a population of Adélie penguins off the east Antarctic coast.

Long-term monitoring has revealed a 43% drop over a decade in the number of birds that breed across 52 islands near the Mawson research station.

The scientists say the decline is a stark contrast to other Adélie penguin populations in east Antarctica where numbers have been stable or increasing.,across%2052%20islands%20near%20the%20Mawson%20research%20station.

The survey only covered a very tiny area around Mawson Base. Over East Antarctica as a whole Adelie populations are stable or increasing.

There is nothing new at all about penguin population crashes in micro-locations, when fast ice expands, which often happens when an iceberg grounds off the coast.

When this happens, Adelies simply migrate to other sites nearby. When a similar incident took place a few years ago in Commonwealth Bay, another colony just 8km away was found to be thriving:


And another study found that the breeding population of Adelies in East Antarctica had grown by 53% since 1993, and that 13 new colonies had been found. Like most animals, penguins are extremely adaptable.

The BBC of course would rather you focus on the cute, cuddly chicks who are going to die of starvation. But unfortunately Mother Nature can be very cruel.

  1. Joe Public permalink
    November 24, 2022 11:12 am

    If only the Adelies chose to self-identify as Emporers.

  2. that man permalink
    November 24, 2022 11:31 am

    Good work again, Paul. Unfortunately, most readers/viewers of the BBC (including, I confess, sometimes myself) would not carry out the necessary due diligence on BBC pronouncements.

    After all, “you can trust the BBC.” And, to be fair, some of its items are trustworthy. All of which is why it can get away with blatant barefaced lies concerning ‘climate change’.

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      November 24, 2022 4:30 pm

      My first port of call when reading something like this on the BBC or other MSM is to come here to see what Paul has to say

  3. November 24, 2022 12:06 pm

    How in the world did all of these species manage to survive before the BBC???

  4. Christopher Hall permalink
    November 24, 2022 12:17 pm

    Wow. Shock horror. Increasing ice decimates penguins. We need less ice!

  5. MrGrimNasty permalink
    November 24, 2022 2:56 pm

    Most penguin breeding grounds are meters deep in frozen or mummified corpses of all ages. That’s nature.

  6. catweazle666 permalink
    November 24, 2022 3:41 pm

    Penguins are brighter than BBC reporters…no surprise there!

  7. Gamecock permalink
    November 24, 2022 8:49 pm

    Anybody have a good Adélie penguin recipe?

  8. November 26, 2022 11:42 am

    Paul, Can you contact me please? I want to assemble a folder of evidence of BBC bias for possible legal action against them. Obviously current and past formal complaints are already well set out and the responses documented. Do you have such a folder of your own and any experience of obtaining complaints relating to climate and energy bias where they are not from yourself. Obs I suggest this involves reporting favourable news about selected things such as actual climate events in one extreme not the other, only promoting renewable energy versus nuclear and fossil energy and not the problems of renewables such as not working most of the time, plus the misleading use of language to aid in these deceptions such as “Could”/ “scientists say” /”since records began” etc. while not explaining the alternativee possibilities, which scientists, what records, di they all agree, etc. etc..

  9. Matt Dalby permalink
    November 26, 2022 9:44 pm

    Maybe the penguins moved somewhere else because they were fed up of scientists tramping through their breeding area and catching them to be poked, prodded, weighed, tagged etc.

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