Oil Slicked Penguins Wash Ashore Dead in Argentina

Publication: National Geographic News   Date: May 12, 2006   View Article

Hundreds of dead Magellanic penguins covered in oil have washed ashore in recent days on the coast of Argentina, according to news reports.

Most have been found in the Cabo Virgenes nature reserve, about 1,350 miles (2,200 kilometers) southwest of Buenos Aires near the southernmost tip of Patagonia.

Several hundred more of the polluted birds have shown up alive, and rescue workers are scrambling to remove oil from the penguins’ feathers.

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