Oil Spill Penguins Cleaned Up, Sent Back To Wild – VIDEO

Penguins rescued from a massive oil spill off New Zealand have been set free after being cleaned up and nursed back to health. They were set free on Mt. Maunganui beach.

The 49 birds are among 343 little blue penguins that have been cleaned of oil since cargo ship Rena hit Astrolabe Reef near Tauranga on October 5th, spilling 400 tons of fuel into the ocean and killing more than 2,000 sea birds.

Smallest Species Of Penguin In The World

The blue penguins, the smallest species of penguin in the world, were found a few days after the maritime catastrophe which hit the once pristine beaches of Mount Manganui and Papamoa.

Oil leaked from the Liberian-flagged Rena, stranded 12 nautical miles off the coast, created a three-mile (5km) slick.

The flightless birds that survived spent six weeks being looked after and cleaned by experts.

Penguins Fitted With Microchips

The penguins have been fitted with microchips so they can be monitored after their release.

Watch this adorable video of the release of the penguins here:

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Millie O'Connor
Millie OConnorabout a year ago

Oh, I'm so glad these little sweethearts were saved! They looked so happy. But, I'm heartbroken about the ones that didn't make it. :-(

Duane B.
.2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Diane m.
Diane M.3 years ago

very sweet

Emily L.
Emily L.3 years ago

so glad they were able to get some of them back out into the wild, but so sad that they spill happened and killed so much sea life yet again...

Ve G.
Ve G.3 years ago


Virginia Esquer
vriginia Esquer3 years ago

so cute

Andrea Savrda
Andrea Savrda3 years ago

As I watched these little guys gun it for the surf, I could hear them let out a huge victorious..." WERE FREEEEEEEE, THANK YOU HUMANS!! Now we've just got to steer clear of humans on large boats!!

Donna B.
Donna B.3 years ago

so glad they could save these little cuties and release them... they looked so happy.

Sandi Crist
Sandi Crist3 years ago

They looked so happy! They were so adorable!

Amber Lilyfield
Amber Lilyfield3 years ago

Aww, how nice!