The Department of Conservation has announced that the breeding season for yellow-eyed penguins this year has been a disaster.
Hundreds of chicks have been starving and numbers are down by 70 to 80 percent in some colonies along the North Otago coast.
Fewer than 70 chicks have survived three months into the breeding season, compared with about 200 last year.
At this stage the cause of the decline is unknown and is being investigated.
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