Pen­guin’s in­juries point to boat strike

Kwinana Courier - - News -

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.

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