A colony of about 40,000 Adélie penguins in Antarctica has suffered a "catastrophic breeding event" - all but two chicks have died of starvation this year. It is the second time in just four years that such devastation - not previously seen in more than 50 years of observation - has been wrought on the population.The head of polar programs at WWF, Rod Downie, said: "Adélie penguins are one of the hardiest and most amazing animals on our planet. This devastating event contrasts with the image that many people might have of penguins. It's more like 'Tarantino does Happy Feet', with dead penguin chicks strewn across a beach in Adélie Land."The risk of opening up this area to exploratory krill fisheries, which would compete with the Adélie penguins for food as they recover from two catastrophic breeding failures in four years, is unthinkable. So CCAMLR needs to act now by adopting a new Marine Protected Area for the waters off East Antarctica, to protect the home of the penguins."