On Saturday the 25th of July at approximately 10h00, during a sea rescue training exercise in the Simons Town yacht basin, NSRI Simons Town crew witnessed a Penguin nearby appearing to be in difficulty in the water. It was dark in colour and seemed to only be able to swim in circles while flapping one wing.
The Penguin seemed to be taking breaks trying to clean itself in between the swimming efforts and then flapping one wing and again only going around in circles. A dark brown smudge could be seen on its chest.
NSRI Simons Town station commander Darren Zimmerman called the Boulder’s Beach Penguin Sanctuary and Table Mountain National Parks (TMNP) requesting that they come to the sea rescue station to assist with the capture of the distressed and tired Penguin.
A large net was brought to the scene by TMNP rangers and the Boulders Beach Penguin Sanctuary officials which was used to assist the NSRI crew to safely capture the Penguin with the least amount of stress to it.
It appears that the Penguin had been heavily oiled. It has been transported to SANCCOB to be cleaned and rehabilitated.
Footage has been loaded to YouTube.
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