23 Oct '11, 8am

Little Blue Penguins And the Rena Oil Spill in New Zealand #green via…

Little Blue Penguins And the Rena Oil Spill in New Zealand #green via…

There is no 'good' time for an oil spill to happen. But for the little blue penguins of Mount Maunganui this is breeding season, and the timing of the Rena oil spill in the Bay of Plenty could not have been much worse. Locals put the number of breeding pairs of little blue penguins in the area at around 200 to 300. Their burrows are being monitored daily by the Oiled Wildlife Response Centre to help the birds survive this environmental disaster. Whilst these nocturnal penguins may not appreciate such close attention as they incubate their eggs, the monitoring is crucial. The penguins come ashore during the evening to find their burrows, and many are becoming oiled crossing rocks covered in thick tar-like oil. WWF staff Rebecca Bird and Bob Zuur have been part of the 140 field staff working in oiled wildlife recovery efforts. Around 120 little blue penguins have been rescue...

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