Hi Birding-aussers, from Queenslands Courier Mail
page 7 this morning, "There is only one rock between Lord Howe Island and South
America and these guys hit it" was the blunt assessment of a navy officer as the
Australian-led rescue effort swung into action." That must mean the Royal Navy
never misses right - great!!!
Also from the same article "The warship leaked a
small amount of light diesel oil but it was dispersing into deeper water causing
minimal damage." What constitutes a small amount as in the 'Australian' The
Nation, page 3 "Navigation sensors were disabled in the collision and 50 to 90
tonnes of its diesel load leaked into the ocean." A considerable amount - or
not? Maybe not if it disperses and breaks up fairly quickly.
Most concern in both publications pointed to
potential damage to the areas reefs and the relief on finding that the slick was
dispersing to the northeast. Still no mention of concern for local marine life,
in particular birds. Does anyone on birding-aus have a contact on Lord Howe who
might enlighten us as to any casualties. Cheers - Paul.
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