About 150 thousand penguins could die in the South Atlantic


Washington. April 3. INTERFAX.RU — A large-scale operation to save tens of thousands of penguins from spilled fuel from the shipwreck is carried out in the South Atlantic, reports the American television channel CNN CNN. "According to local authorities has killed at least 300 penguins" — says CNN CNN. In a rescue operation involving local authorities and volunteers.

The rescue operation began on 16 March, when the vessel is registered in Malta, stranded 1.5 thousand miles to the west of Cape Town near the islands of Tristan da Cunha, after which his body is divided into two parts. The ship was heading from the port city of Santos, Brazil to Singapore and was carrying on board 60 tons of soybeans and 1.5 thousand tons of heavy fuel. On board the sunken vessel were rescued 22 sailors. Spilled oil slick has surrounded island chain and can, according to local authorities, lead to environmental disaster.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the islands are inhabited by approximately 150 thousand penguins, which is 40% of the number of animals of the species.

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