Au­topsy re­veals pen­guin killed by boat, not poi­son

Southern Telegraph - - News - Gareth McKnight

A dead lit­tle pen­guin that washed up on Safety Bay beach ear­lier this month was hit by a ves­sel, not poi­soned, the Tele­graph can re­veal.

Res­i­dents posted im­ages of the an­i­mal on so­cial me­dia when it was found dead on­shore, with a train of thought on­line that it may have been caught up in CBH’s pro­gram to cull feral pi­geons with poi­son.

How­ever, En­vi­ron­ment Min­is­ter Stephen Daw­son con­firmed the pen­guin’s cause of death.

“The de­ceased pen­guin was ex­am­ined by Perth Zoo and the necropsy re­port from this ex­am­i­na­tion in­di­cates bone frac­tures and in­juries as­so­ci­ated with blunt force trauma, most likely from a boat strike,” he said.

“There are ex­ist­ing im­pacts on ma­rine fauna in this area due to ves­sel us­age. Speed lim­its are in place along the fore­shore around Shoal­wa­ter Is­lands Ma­rine Park and Rock­ing­ham fore­shore.

“Th­ese wa­ters will con­tinue to be mon­i­tored by govern­ment agency staff to in­form man­age­ment ac­tions to re­duce im­pacts on ma­rine fauna.”

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