Fouled penguin chicks discovered near abandoned Antarctic research station

Feb 26, 2001 01:00 AM

Scientists have discovered penguin chicks fouled with oil close to an abandoned US Antarctic research station. The oiled Adelie penguin chicks were found at Cape Hallett, said a scientist with the research group Antarctic New Zealand, Emma Waterhouse.
It was "the first oil-contaminated penguin breeding site discovered in Antarctica," she said. A scientific cleanup party had found about a dozen melt pools of ice fouled with "what appeared to be petroleum residue." The contaminated pools were up to 20 mm long and 5 mm wide. The fouled chicks were living nearby, among a colony of 50,000 breeding pairs.

Source: NZ Herald
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