Travel Animal Doctor: An Environmental Crisis

Travel Animal Doctor: An Environmental Crisis

 As the sun rises in the Galapagos it is hard to imagine we are in an environmental crisis. – Travel Animal Doctor Yet our world is telling us to wake up. The decreasing numbers of the Galapagos penguins and marine animals are insane, and the drought in California has everyone on edge. While sitting aboard the cruise ship, it is hard to think of anything other than the spectacular beauty that surrounds that moment. The cruel reality is that animals in this pristine-appearing “heavenly” waterway are in deep, deep trouble. The Galapagos penguins and marine animals are starving to death at an alarming rate, and Californians are thirsty. There is indeed, an environmental crisis. A Penguin Intervention: When I was snorkeling in the Galápagos, two Galapagos penguins swam by and one attacked my flipper. I could see deeper down that there were fish. Frozen for a moment in disbelief, I decided that I just got in the way of a meal. I felt increasingly guilty that I was in the way of a meal after seeing an article online about how penguins are starving and becoming endangered due to climate change. The sad realization set in that the once in a lifetime interaction I had with a wild Galapagos penguin could have been part of a much greater, more depressing issue. It has been four years since the Galapagos penguin attacked my flipper. If climate change caused these problems in the Galapagos four years ago, imagine how climate change may be impacting penguins now. Penguin Death Toll: The death count of penguins would definitely be on the rise today, as more...
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