^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ J. Michael Williamson Principal Investigator-WhaleNet <http://whale.wheelock.edu> Associate Professor-Science Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215 voice: 617.734.5200, ext. 256 fax: 617.734.8666, or 617.566.7369 ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ ---------- Forwarded message ---------- Date: Fri, 28 Feb 97 04:47:00 GMT From: email@example.com To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com Subject: Oil spill kills 200 sea lions Oil spill kills 200 sea lions in Uruguay MONTEVIDEO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Uruguayan authorities say an oil spill earlier this month near the beach resort of Punta del Este has killed an estimated 200 baby sea lions on nearby Isla de los Lobos ("EES'-lah deh lohs LOH'-bohz") island. The Uruguayan army, with help from the Argentine navy, acted swiftly to clean the beaches at Punta del Este after more than 1,400 tons of oil spilled Feb. 8 from the Argentine ship San Jorge about 30 miles from the coast. The spill blackened 15 miles (25 km) of the 45 miles (75 km) of beaches at the Uruguayan resort, and also affected Isla de los Lobos island, which is home to the world's largest colony of sea lions -- an estimated 200,000. Authorities said Thursday that the oil blackened all 5,000 or so of the newborn sea lions, and so far has killed about 200. They said a number of the mammals died from changes in body temperature caused by being covered with oil. Others were not recognized by their mothers and starved to death. The director of the National Fishing Institute, Sergio Galante ("SAIR'-hee-oh gah-LAHN'-tay"), said that work to clean up the island and the sea lions using a non-toxic absorbent would take two months to complete. The government has also ordered the suspension of clam harvesting at Isla de los Lobos.