Vets Race to Save Endangered Birds Caught in Oil Spill Off The Coast of Peru
A Lima zoo is racing to save dozens of seabirds, including protected penguins, left covered in oil after 6,000 barrels of crude spilled off Peru's coast in the aftermath of the Tonga tsunami.
A team of veterinarians is caring for the birds, bathing them with special detergents to remove the suffocating oil.Oil-tainted cormorant receiving medical treatment in Lima, 20 January 2022. (Parque de las Leyendas Zoo/AFP)Peru has declared an environmental emergency after almost a million liters (264,000 gallons) of crude spilled into the sea last Saturday when a tanker was hit by big waves while offloading at a refinery.
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– listed as vulnerable by the International Union for Conservation of Nature – were brought to the Parque de Las Leyendas zoo after being rescued from polluted beaches and nature reserves.Alaska Earthquake Center , the quake stuck at 8:17 p.Majority of US States Pursue Nuclear Power for Emission Cuts What struck Hédouin was that the corals looked healthy and weren't affected by a bleaching event in 2019.Tariq Malik Editor-in-Chief Tariq is the Editor-in-Chief of Space.
"The birds' prognosis is unclear," biologist Liseth Bermudez told AFP. "We are doing everything we can. about 46 miles south of Unalaska, and about 13 miles deep. It is not a common occurrence and we are doing our best. Climate change is also harming delicate corals — including those in areas neighboring the newly discovered reef — with severe bleaching caused by warmer waters." A team of veterinarians is caring for the birds, bathing them with special detergents to remove the suffocating oil.2 EQ at 8:17 pm, 46 miles S of Unalaska, with a depth of 13 miles. The animals have also been given anti-fungal and anti-bacterial drugs, as well as . Before joining Space.
Oil-tainted cormorant receiving medical treatment in Lima, 20 January 2022. For more information, & to fill out a DYFI report, please go to. Unlike most of the world’s mapped corals, which are found in relatively shallow waters, this one was deeper — between 115 feet (35 meters) to 230 feet (70 meters). (Parque de las Leyendas Zoo/AFP) "We have never seen anything like this in the history of Peru," said Bermudez, while tending to a bird. "We didn't think it was going to be of this magnitude." Peru has declared an environmental emergency after almost a million liters (264,000 gallons) of crude spilled into the sea last Saturday when a tanker was hit by big waves while offloading at a refinery. The reef is in a spot where many researchers haven't spent a lot of time in, said former National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration oceanographer Mark Eakin. The abnormally large waves were triggered by the eruption of an undersea volcano near the archipelago of Tonga , thousands of kilometers (miles) away. Sign Up for e-mail newsletters Get breaking space news and the latest updates on rocket launches, skywatching events and more! Contact me with news and offers from other Future brands Receive email from us on behalf of our trusted partners or sponsors Thank you for signing up to Space.
The spill near Lima has fouled beaches and harmed the fishing and tourism industries, and crews have been working non-stop to clean up the mess. Aerial view of cleaning crews removing oil from a beach, Ancon, northern Lima, 22 January 2022. Researcher Matthew Long explains more about the study. (Parque de las Leyendas Zoo/AFP) Bird food contaminated Biologist Guillermo Ramos of Peru's Serfor forestry service said more animals will die if the oil spreads. "There are species here that feed on crustaceans and fish that are already contaminated," he said. Serfor staff have found many dead birds and sea otters on beaches and in natural reserves since the spill, he added.” The recent volcanic eruption in Tonga that triggered tsunami waves across the Pacific has not affected the reef off Tahiti, said Hédouin.
More than 150 bird species in Peru depend on the sea for nutrition and reproduction. Among the birds rescued alive but in need of help are different types of cormorants and six Humboldt penguins. Juan Carlos Riveros, scientific director of rescue NGO Oceana Peru, said the oil could affect the reproductive capacity of some animals and cause birth defects, especially in birds, fish and turtles. “We know very little about the ocean, and there’s still so much that needs to be recorded, needs to be measured,” said Julian Barbière, the head of UNESCO’s marine policy and regional coordination. Sea currents have spread the spilled oil along the coast more than 40 kilometers (25 miles) from the refinery, affecting 21 beaches, according to the health ministry, which has warned would-be bathers to stay away. The government has sought compensation from Spanish oil company Repsol, which owns the tanker.
But the company denies responsibility, saying maritime authorities had issued no warning of abnormal waves after the Tonga eruption. Copyright AP - Associated Press. © .