Blue penguins are released on Mt Maunganui beach after they were cleaned up following an oil spill caused by cargo ship Rena. The cargo ship ran aground on New Zealand’s Astrolabe Reef on 5 October 2011, leaking oil into the Bay of Plenty and affecting the wildlife. Picture: EPA/GRAEME BROWN
An oil-coated penguin is given a bath by staff at the Tauranga Wastewater Treatment Wildlife Facility on Oct. 18 in Tauranga, New Zealand. Salvage crews continue to pump oil out of the wrecked container ship Rena in an effort to remove as much as possible before bad weather moves in, which may result in the release of even more oil into the sea. At least 300 tons of oil have leaked from Rena since the ship hit the reef on Oct. 5.
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Rena has been stuck in the Astrolabe Reef off New Zealand since Oct. 5th and has spilled about 350 tons of oil into the ocean so far.
An oil-slicked Little Blue Penguin in Tauranga
How to clean an oil-slicked penguin
Not cool guys.
Plan under way to pump fuel off stranded ship | Experts hope to siphon about 1,500 tonnes of heavy fuel off container ship Rena to prevent environmental disaster.
A penguin is washed down after being coated in oil spilt from the stricken cargo ship, Rena, off New Zealand on October 8, 2011. Getty: Bradley Ambrose