Galápagos Penguin

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Credit: National Geographic

In an apparent moment of solitude and safety, a Galápagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) forages in the waters off the South American islands. But danger abounds for this small creature, whose population has been reduced to less than a thousand breeding pairs throughout the archipelago. Predators such as sharks and hawks kill the penguins. Temperature-driven food shortages starve adults. And human hazards—habitat disturbance and destruction, discarded waste from tourists and fishermen, and dangerous fishing nets—are pushing the creatures closer to extinction.
Photograph by David Doubilet
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