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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Comments & Questions


  1. Selina
    April 24, 2012

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

  2. Arti
    April 7, 2012

    Pretty interesting. Never seen anything like this before.

  3. Trish and Shawn
    April 4, 2012

    Love those eyes!!!

  4. Claire
    April 3, 2012

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

    • Matthew Karsten
      April 4, 2012

      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.


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