04 Apr '11, 11pm

Pelicans suffered in the Gulf. Now penguins are suffering in the South Atlantic.

Pelicans suffered in the Gulf. Now penguins are suffering in the South Atlantic.

As scientists investigate whether the BP oil disaster contributed to an unexplained die-off of dolphins and sea turtles in the Gulf, another oil disaster is underway thousands of miles away in the middle of South Atlantic. Tens of thousands of critically endangered Rockhopper Penguins are threatened by a disastrous shipwreck on March 16 that dumped about 300,000 gallons of heavy marine oil into their pristine habitat on Nightingale Island , part of a small chain of islands and are home to the second largest concentration of seabirds in the world. The ship’s oil has completely encircled two critical penguin island habitats, including a World Heritage Site . The penguins have recently been molting and are trying to get back in the water, according to Dr. David Guggenheim, a marine biologist who witnessed the crew's rescue before the ship sank. “It couldn’t have come at a wor...

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