Washing Oil from Seabirds [PHOTO]

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Volunteers Wash Birds at SANCCOB

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These women are cleaning up a Cape Gannet after the devastating March 2011 M.S. Oliva oil spill in the South Pacific. We were on a private tour of the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (aka SANCCOB) outside of Cape Town in South Africa. Penguins are not the only seabirds this hard working non-profit rescues on a regular basis.

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  • http://two4travel.net Claire

    Great photo! It’s good to see people saving birds from the oil.

    • http://ExpertVagabond.com Matthew Karsten

      It was pretty interesting to watch them work. The birds get cleaned in stages, so humans don’t handle them too much at one time.

  • Trish and Shawn

    Love those eyes!!!

  • http://myyatradiary.blogspot.com Arti

    Pretty interesting. Never seen anything like this before.

  • Selina

    Love this image, and what a great cause that the are taking part in.