Oil spill in Atlantic — Thousands of penguins covered by slick, hundreds already dead

Penguin rescue operation under way after south Atlantic oil spill, CNN, April 3, 2011:

… The islands’ conservation director said at least 300 penguins have died after a cargo ship leaked thousands of tons of heavy oil, diesel fuel and soya bean near Nightingale Island, a British territory part of the Tristan da Cunha archipelago.’

“I’ve seen about 15 to 20 dead penguins just today,” director Trevor Glass said.

Thousands more are covered in the ships’ oil and diesel fuel, according to local officials and conservationists. …

[A]n oil sheen has surrounded the island chain, which officials say could lead to an environmental disaster. …

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