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Penguins tainted by oil found dead

August 29, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

More than 200 oil-slicked penguins have washed up on the beaches of a popular Brazilian resort, and officials say they are searching for a cause.

Authorities said they had counted nearly 200 dead penguins found on the beaches of the island city of Florianopolis, but people bringing in live penguins covered with oil reported seeing hundreds more.

Marcelo Duarte of the Santa Catarina state environmental police said the oil probably leaked from a large ship, and police said they were trying to determine the culprit.

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