Over 70 penguins rescued after oil spill

One of 56 penguins housed at Sancobb after the September 2012 Seli 1 oil leak being washed on 5 September 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN
More than 70 penguins have been caught and taken to be cleaned in Cape Town after the latest oil leak from the wreck of the Seli 1. Aletta Gardner reports.
CAPE TOWN - Efforts to remove oil from more than 70 African penguins are underway.

The birds will be released into the wild within the next two to three weeks.

The penguins were rescued after rough seas caused a major oil slick from the shipwrecked Seli1 at the weekend.

Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (Sanccob) CEO Venessa Strauss said seven oiled chicks are among the birds in their care.

“This is definitely the biggest number of birds that we’ve admitted from the Seli1 to date. We also have to remember that the African penguin is endangered and anything that impacts them at the moment can have a significant impact on their future survival.”

Meanwhile, the Transport Department is expected to ask National Treasury for R40 million for salvage operations.

The Turkish bulk carrier ran aground in 2009.

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