Story of Penguins Holding Hands
Enjoying a honeymoon in Cape Town, South Africa, a couple of newlyweds witnessed a very sweet scene, and soon, thanks to the Internet, it brought it to countless people across the planet. In the video, African penguins, having got out of the water, immediately joined hands (well, or wings, to be more precise). The newlyweds, who hastened to capture the moment in the video, watched the penguins just walked with each other for a long time, at least half a minute, after which, as if nothing had happened, they dispersed to rest on the beach with the other penguins.
This warm video scattered around the world, giving the cute couple a lot of attention. However, charitable organizations see this as a chance to draw people's attention to the entire population of African penguins in general. These animals are on the verge of extinction and may disappear from the face of the Earth after 10 years.
Once upon a time, African penguins were very numerous species. In the 19th century, there were about 4 million of them. In 2000, there were already less than 200 thousand. And by 2010, the population had already fallen to 55 thousand individuals.
The extinction of these animals is facilitated by many factors. The main one is the fishing industry, which leaves penguins without food: sardines and anchovies, which are their main prey. Due to lack of food, penguins have to swim farther and farther from the coast, and in the end stop at less nutritious food. Another serious danger awaiting them in the depths of the ocean is to become the so-called “by-catch”, i.e. get into the network of fishermen and, confused, drown.
African penguins will never be able to thrive in the wild again unless humans intervene and help. Everyone can make their small, but such an important contribution - to limit the use of fish and seafood, or even exclude them from the diet. This will help stop overfishing. However, there are few individuals, the most important step is the inclusion in the process of the states themselves, whose governments must support the policy of stopping the world's giant fishers.