Penguin’s injuries point to boat strike
A LITTLE penguin found dead on a Safety Bay beach on September 1 most likely died from being struck by a boat.
The penguin was taken to Perth Zoo and a necropsy report from the examination indicated bone fractures and injuries associated with blunt force trauma, most likely from boat strike.
It was among many dead pigeons on the beach.
City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said grain exporter CBH had engaged a licensed pest technician to conduct a baiting program to control the large number of feral pigeons.
However, the necropsy report clears it of any culpability in the penguin’s death.
In Parliament, South West MLC Diane Evers said the biggest threats to penguins were strike.
She asked Environment Minister Stephen Dawson what was being done to protect the penguins.
Mr Dawson replied that the speed limit had been reduced within Shoalwater Islands Marine Park “to reduce the risk of boat strikes to little penguins, Australian sea lions and dolphins.” starvation and boat
This penguin had fractures consistent with blunt force trauma, not poisoning.