Carol de Bruin
From: Les Underhill <>
Date: 26 June 2000 10:08
Subject: [SEABIRD] Penguin News 3 --- 26 June 2000
Monday evening 26 June
There are now about 2500 oiled penguins at SANCCOB, and about
another 500 are boxed on Robben Island and will be shipped the 11 km
to Cape Town harbour, and transported by truck to SANCCOB later this
A satellite cleaning station will be established tomorrow.
About 250 clean penguins from Robben Island are flipper banded and
ready for transport to Port Elizabeth tomorrow. They will take about
10 days to return, by which time their island's coastline should be
cleaned up. If they are prevented from going to sea they will
dehydrate and starve; if they are allowed to go to sea on Robben
Island they will get oiled.
De-oiling the stretch of rocky shoreline where most Robben Island
penguins land and go out to sea was started today. An absorbant
material is being used, and is doing the job satisfactorily. The
process is likely to continue for several days. A change in wind
direction pushed the oil slick away from the landing areas this
afternoon, and the area inside the floating oil booms about 100 m
offshore of this section of the island is now virtually free of oil.
The ADU website now has some pictures of oiled penguins. These are
not for the squeemish. The URL is below, click on "What is new",
then on "African Penguins", then on "Urgent news". There is quite a
lot of other penguin information for those who want an in depth read.
More pictures will be added tomorrow. If there is information that
you think ought to be there but we have overlooked, please contact me
(for example, a map!).
Also tomorrow, we will have all the information for the SANCCOB
"Adopt A Penguin" project on the website. This will be the most
practical way in which people far afield will be able to participate
Professor Les Underhill
Director: Avian Demography Unit
Department of Statistical Sciences
University of Cape Town
Rondebosch 7701 South Africa
Phone +27 21 650 3227 Fax +27 21 650 3434
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