20 Dec '11, 5pm

Troublesome Sharks Delay Cleanup of New Zealand Oil Spill

Troublesome Sharks Delay Cleanup of New Zealand Oil Spill

Mark Conlin, SWFSC Large Pelagics Program /Public Domain In early October, the Rena, a Liberian cargo ship, ran aground on the Astrolabe Reef off the coast of New Zealand. As bad weather rocked the stranded ship, oil poured from its hull and many of the 1,368 shipping containers stacked on its deck fell into the water. More than two months later, cleanup efforts are ongoing, but the recovery of the containers that sank to the ocean floor are being hampered by unexpected trouble makers- hungry, aggressive mako sharks. According to the New Zealand Herald , the sharks, which, with a top speed of 56mph, are the world's fastest, attacked sonar equipment being used to locate the containers. Clinton Duffy of the Department of Conservation told the Herald that the attack is not surprising. Given the elongated shape and propeller of the "sonar fish," the mako sharks could easily ha...

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