penguin thumbEndangered and facing death tangled up in fishing nets, Sindile the penguin was rescued thanks to the Dyer Island Conservation Trust.

When they spotted an African penguin close to drowning, Dyer Island Conservation Trust rushed to its rescue. Heavily entangled, with fishing line wrapped tightly around its beak, neck and flippers, the penguin was exhausted and unable to swim or dive to safety.



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After launching its small rubber duck ‘Happy Feet’ to come to the penguin’s rescue in shallow water, the penguin was rushed to the African Penguin and Seabird Sanctuary, where the team and vet set about saving Sindile’s life. Since then Sindile (meaning ‘I survived’ in isiXhosa) has been doing well and is a great success story, where many other seabirds die unaided. 

Many seabirds are drawn to the activity of fishing trawlers and end up tangled in nets when diving for fish, and one fishing trawler can be responsible for hundreds of seabird deaths in one trip!  African penguins may become extinct in 15 years and it’s why the work of the Trust is so important.

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Founded in 2006, the Trust delivers unique conservation and research programmes in a fragile and critically important marine eco-system. Striving to protect the largest surviving colonies of the endangered African Penguin , the Trust has been managing the fishing line bin project. By placing a network of strategically placed fishing line bins at top fishing spots, anglers are educated and urged to put their old fishing lines into the bins, which are then emptied.