A small amount of oil is detected on North West Island, a breeding site for hundreds of thousands of seabirds and turtles.
- Oil from a Chinese ship has washed up at a sanctuary on Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
- So far the contamination appears to be minimal and isolated.
- North West Island is a breeding site for hundreds of thousands of seabirds and turtles.
Oil from a huge Chinese ship which ran aground on the Great Barrier Reef has washed up at a famed nature sanctuary, officials said Wednesday, raising fears for birds and baby turtles.
Clean-up crews and environmental experts were helicoptered to North West Island, a breeding site for hundreds of thousands of seabirds and turtles, where small clumps of oil were found on a beach.
The 230-meter (750-foot) Shen Neng 1 leaked about two tons of oil after blundering into the reef on April 3, angering officials who have promised stiff punishment. The giant coal-carrier was refloated and towed away on Monday.
"It hasn't come ashore in large globules or carpets," Patrick Quirk, general manager of Marine Safety Queensland, told public broadcaster ABC.