New Zealand oil spill danger to marine wildlife

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A cargo ship leaking oil off the New Zealand coast is putting marine wildlife at risk, including penguins, seals, whales, and birds.

The ship is rapidly leaking its fuel cargo, including 1,700 tonnes of oil and 200 tonnes of diesel, which are now even beginning to wash on shore. As weather in the area worsens, scientists are anticipating the oil and fuel will disperse even faster, affecting larger areas than are currently being covered.

Although it is not yet on par with the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, many species of marine life are being caught in the oil spill. Watch video below to see how the New Zealand oil spill is affecting the penguin population in the area:

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