Penguin colony reopens after ship runs aground

2014-03-04 09:00

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Cape Town – Betty’s Bay’s penguin colony has been reopened to visitors after a ship carrying 10 000 litres of oil ran aground close by, causing concern over the seabirds’ wellbeing.

The Stony Point colony was closed to the public on Thursday last week after an early morning accident where a 19-metre fishing trawler crashed on rocks about 5km away from the penguins.

A seabird and animal rescue team had been stationed at Stony Point to observe seabirds for oil contamination.

Die Burger reports that Marietjie Engelbrecht, a spokesperson for CapeNature confirmed that no penguins had been affected and that the colony is open to visitors once more.  

The ship has in the mean time been broken into pieces by Samsa for removal from the rocks and the owner of the vessel has appointed a company to assist in the process once weather conditions along the coastline have improved.  
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