A week ago, the MV Oliva (Valetta) hit the rocks of Nightingale Island and spilled its cargo of soybeans and some 800 tons of fuel into the sea. The spilled oil is in the direction to the Nightingale Island where is home of about 20,000 iconic Northern Rockhopper Penguins. According to the report, there are currently 750 oil-soaked penguins.
All oil-soaked penguins were sent to Tistan Da Cunha to clean with detergent and hot water. However, those oil-soaked penguins may die eventually due to the strong effect of the oil.
Andrew Evans, a photographer for National Geographic, reported:
the oil spill occurred at the tail end of the rockhoppers’ molting season, worsening the natural struggle of the skinny penguins to return to the sea and find enough fish to survive. In order to prevent the penguins from returning to the sea, large pens have been set up on Nightingale Island.
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