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Evacuation of Dassen Island

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The system at House Bay, at the northern end of Dassen Island. Penguins arrived in crates on a bakkie from the more distant parts of the island, and were loaded into the 100s of penguin boxes that had been folded and taped in the early morning.
In some colonies, it was easier to put birds directly into the penguin boxes. Kevin Winter, standing on the wall, is recording the flipper band numbers of those birds that had been banded prior to the oil spill. Many of these areApollo Sea survivors.




Birds were transported to Yzerfontein on four boats and by helicopter. 3500 birds left Dassen Island on 2 July, the first day of the operation; this was 500 more than the target.
Paul Geldenhuys (left) and Anton Wolfaardt of the Western Cape Nature Conservation Board wave us farewell from the jetty. The two of them are bearing the brunt of the organisation and logistics on Dassen Island.
Dr. Rob Crawford, second from left, explains the objectives of the satellite telemetry to the news media at Yzerfontein on Sunday 2 July 2000. The penguin is Pamela, and was released at Port Elizabeth next morning.
The Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism, Minister Valli Moosa, visited Dassen Island and Yzerfontein with the media to see the evacuation operation himself.