Iceberg floats towards South Georgia, endangering wildlife

Iceberg floats towards South Georgia, endangering wildlife

London: A large iceberg the size of the US state of Delaware is floating towards the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia, fearing that it may indirectly endanger young wildlife.
The British Antarctic Survey said on Wednesday that it is concerned that the iceberg may be surrounded by islands, preventing land-based marine predators from accessing food supplies and returning their offspring.
Professor Geraint Tarling, an ecologist at the Antarctic Survey, said this is the time of year when seals and penguins are prone to puppies and chicks. Parents of penguins and seals traveling distance are required to travel to find food.
“If they have to make a big detour, it means that they are not going to go back to their youth prematurely, to prevent them from being killed in the interim.”
The Antarctic Survey said that a large iceberg, named A68, has been floating north since it broke off the Larsen Sea ice shelf in July 2017.
South Georgia, located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, is a British overseas territory.

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