Oil slick kills penguins, birds in Uruguay

June 12, 2008 9:31:30 AM PDT
Dead and oil-soaked penguins continue to wash ashore near Uruguay's capital a week after fuel spilled during a boat collision. A least a dozen dead, oil-soaked penguins and a dead sea lion appeared Wednesday at the Piriapolis beach outside Montevideo, where workers scraped oil from the sand.

Richard Tesore of SOS Rescate Fauna Marina said Wednesday that wildlife rescuers already are attending to 70 animals injured by contact with oil, and more continue to wash ashore.

Navy spokesman Marcel Larrobla says a damaged fuel tank that released oil after the collision had the capacity to carry 145 cubic meters of fuel oil.

At least 60 dead penguins were reported in the first four days after the June 4 spill.

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