Beginning of a Happy Ending for Penguins Affected by NZ Oil Spill

Written by on November 22, 2011 in Marine Life

Emily Tripp
Senior Writer

Today, the first group of penguins affected by the oil spill in New Zealand was released back into their home waters.

On October 5th, the cargo vessel, Rena, ran aground off the Astrolabe reef, spilling more than 400 tons of oil into the water and killing more than 2,000 seabirds.  The good news is that 350 penguins were rescued from the water and all are expected to be returned to their home.  They were nursed back to health at a wildlife facility managed by specialists from New Zealand, Australia, and the United States.  They have been micro-chipped so their recovery progress over the next year can be easily monitored.

Here’s a short, uplifting video of the penguins returning to the water.

Little blue penguin.  Photo credit: J Harrison.

Little blue penguin. Photo credit: J Harrison.

Copyright ©  2011 by Marine Science Today, a publication of OceanLines LLC

About the Author

About the Author: Emily Tripp is the Publisher and Editor of She holds marine science and biology degrees from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and a Master of Advanced Studies degree in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation from Scripps Institution of Oceanography. When she's not writing about marine science, she's probably running around outside or playing with her dog. .


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