Huffpost Green

Nightingale Island Oil Spill Coats Endangered Rockhopper Penguins (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated:

Last week, the Malta-registered MS Olivia cargo ship carrying crude oil and soya beans from Brazil to Singapore was grounded on Nightingale Island in the Tristan da Cunha chain, a British South Atlantic territory. The area is home to some 200,000 penguins, including almost half of the world's endangered northern rockhopper penguins.

From the AP report:

Tristan da Cunha's conservation officer, Trevor Glass, said oil was encircling Nightingale Island and called the situation "a disaster." Island administrators said some 20,000 penguins had been coated in oil.

National Geographic photographer Andrew Evans just so happened to be on the island at the time of the disaster, and was able to capture the tragic images of the devastation as a result. He uploaded photos and the following video to a blog, where he said, "It was a painful and disturbing scene. My only consolation is that the people of Tristan take their birds very seriously and the entire island is contributing to the rescue efforts."

GOOD's Ben Jervey sums up the situation:

Can you think of a worse place to wreck an oil tanker than a beautiful, pristine island in the South Atlantic where a National Geographic photographer just happens to be on assignment shooting endangered birds?


Around the Web

YouTube - Nightingale Island Oil Spill

Update on MS Oliva oil spill at Nightingale Island, Tristan da ...

Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Blog Nightingale Island Oil Spill South ...

The Oil Spill Nightmare at Nightingale Island

Atlantic Oil Spill Near Nightingale and Inaccessible Island ...

Ship Breaks Apart: Oil Spill Threatens Penguins, Other Wildlife at ...

Oil Spill Currently kills 750 Penguins on Nightingale Island ...

Nightingale Island oil spill: Update

Pictures: Rare Penguins Blackened by Remote Oil Spill

Green: A Race Against Time to Save Oiled Penguins

From Our Partners