MORE THAN 150 AFRICAN PENGUIN CHICKS RESCUED FROM DYER ISLAND
December 08, 2010 by dyertrust
An emergency operation to rescue 156 African Penguin chicks from Dyer Island, South Africa, has been successfully co-coordinated byOnce again, our team was called into action on the 23rdDecember 2010, to attend a strandingthis time for a particularly unique animal. Was it a whale? Was it a shark? Both!
A 6.0-6.5 meter maleSadly, the whale shark washed up in the same area a week later. This time it did not make it so the team moved in to take some samples in the hope of better understanding the reasons for its stranding. The condition of the body seems to indicate that it probably survived a few more days after being returned to sea but the extreme cold water (around 11C), stress and lack of food would have taken their toll.
Although the rescue attempt was ultimately unsuccessful, it is a good learning curve for the team and always worth a try.
Update by Brenda Walters