• Short Summary

    An oil slick believed to have been discharged from a tanker has killed hundreds of birds in Britain's Shetland Isles.

  • Description

    An oil slick believed to have been discharged from a tanker has killed hundreds of birds in Britain's Shetland Isles. The 30-mile-long (48 kilometres) slick was today (June 3) reported to be moving away to sea, but not before devastating damage had been done to Britain's largest breeding sanctuary for guillemots and razor-billed gulls.

    SYNOPSIS: An oil slick 30 miles long has hit beaches in Britain's Shetland Isles, killing hundreds of sea birds in the country's largest breeding sanctuary for guillemots and razor-billed gulls.

    The giant slick was reported on Thursday to be breaking up and moving out to sea...but not before extensive damage had been done. Coastguard men asked local fishermen to keep an eye on the progress of the slick, believed to have been discharged from a passing tanker.

    Rescue operations have been mounted in the past to try and save oil-covered birds from dying, but the process of cleaning them with detergents is difficult and only partially successful. Although the problem is an international one, Britain's Newcastle University is the only institute in the world trying to solve it.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA1SGA5YODRBYAUAW0DZ92XXWCC
    Media URN:
    VLVA1SGA5YODRBYAUAW0DZ92XXWCC
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/06/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:55:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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