Touching moment Rescuing penguins that were released back into the sea

Touching images show how 12 rescued penguins were released back into the sea after being found malnourished and dehydrated.

Zenger News received a statement from the Mundo Marino Foundation on June 16, stating that the 12 Magellanic penguins (Spheniscus magellanicus) had been returned to the sea together because it increased their chances of survival and the possibility of continuing their migration.

The release took place on the morning of June 15 on the beaches of San Clemente del Tuyu on Argentina’s Atlantic coast.

Magellanic penguins released into the sea
Twelve Magellanic penguins rescued in various locations in Argentina and rehabilitated at the Mundo Marino Foundation due to malnutrition, dehydration, high parasite loads and in some cases hypothermia, were returned to the sea on June 15 on the beach of San Clemente del Tuyu, 2022.
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Mundo Marino operates in San Clemente, where it also operates Argentina’s largest aquarium.

The heartwarming images show some of the penguins being rescued before being treated by animal welfare organizations.

The Magellanic penguins can then be observed at Mundo Marino’s facilities under the supervision of the Foundation’s staff for examination and recovery before being taken to a beach and released from a cage onto the sand.

The seabirds can then be seen waddling cautiously into the ocean, encouraged by their human handlers.

A young girl can be seen waving goodbye as the penguins make their way into the Atlantic Ocean.

The Mundo Marino Foundation said: “The seabirds were rescued between the end of February and the third week of April in various locations in the Partido de la Costa and in the towns of Pinamar, Villa Gesell and Reta, a seaside resort in the Tres Arroyos. “

Sergio Rodriguez Heredia, a biologist and director of the Mundo Marino Foundation rescue center, said: “All of these animals that we were able to reintroduce were rescued with a type of disease that we see very commonly in this species and which is called stranded Penguin Syndrome: These are animals that appear alone, skinny, dehydrated, parasitized, anemic, and hypothermic.

He added: “As with other marine species, these animals take in water through the fish, so if they can’t find food, they become dehydrated.

“In addition, in some cases, due to a general metabolic imbalance, an abnormal change in their plumage was included in the mix.”

Juan Pablo Loureiro, veterinarian and technical director of the Mundo Marino Foundation, said: “Once they arrive at the rescue center, a stabilization therapy first takes place, the aim of which is to mitigate the negative effects of the disease.

“This is accomplished through hydration with fluid therapy and thermotherapy with heat.

“Once we’re stabilized, we take blood and fecal samples and help them regain their weight with liquefied fish diets, eventually giving them whole fish.”

Magellanic penguins released into the sea
Twelve Magellanic penguins rescued in various locations in Argentina and rehabilitated at the Mundo Marino Foundation due to malnutrition, dehydration, high parasite loads and in some cases hypothermia, were returned to the sea on June 15 on the beach of San Clemente del Tuyu, 2022.
Mundo Marino/Zenger

Mundo Marino’s statement also said: “It is important to keep in mind that this species has sociable habits, so it is necessary to form a group with a minimum number of individuals for the reintegration to be successful and for this group to resume its migratory route picks up. “

The foundation explained that before they are given the green light and allowed to return to the wild, “a second blood sample will be taken, the impermeability of their feathers, their body condition and their behavioral attitudes will be checked in addition to recording their morphometric measurements. “

Loureiro added: “A day or two before reinsertion, we put a subcutaneous microchip in the back area.

“Thanks to a reader, this microchip has a code linked to the medical record that the animal had during its rehabilitation at our center.

“If it shows up in a different geographic location, a reader can determine that animal was at a sanctuary.”

Magellanic penguins released into the sea
Twelve Magellanic penguins rescued in various locations in Argentina and rehabilitated at the Mundo Marino Foundation due to malnutrition, dehydration, high parasite loads and in some cases hypothermia, were returned to the sea on June 15 on the beach of San Clemente del Tuyu, 2022.

The statement continued: “Their reproductive cycle occurs between September and March. After this phase, they change their plumage and begin their migration journey between late March and early April, which can reach the latitude of Rio de Janeiro.

“They can cover a total of 3,100 miles during this annual journey of about six months.

“Their diet consists of fish such as anchovies, sardines and hake, molluscs such as squid and crustaceans such as shrimp.

“The migratory journey is related to the seasonal movement of anchovies, one of their main prey species, which spawn on the coast of Brazil during our winter after migrating from our Patagonia.”

This story was provided to Newsweek by Zenger News.

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