No doubt about it… there is a fine line between pleasure and pain. Just ask the St Kilda penguin found recently stranded on land with fishing line wound tightly around its leg…. it’s hard to go to work and find a fishy feed if you’re tied to a rock 3 metres above sea level!
Luckily, the tangled up little critter was discovered by Earthcare St Kilda’s Penguin Study Group on one of their fortnightly checks on the colony. The bird was whisked off to Melbourne Zoo for treatment and eventually released back to the water, attended by a flock of TV news cameras and adoring well-wishers.
The issue of entanglement of wildlife with fishing line isn’t new. But although everyone from A to Z (anglers to zoologists) agree things need to change, the damage is still occurring. But does anyone know of new ways to tackle this problem? Here’s a link to the Marine Response Unit.