Published: 1:08PM Thursday August 13, 2009
Source: Newstalk ZB
Bay of Plenty people are being assured that small blue penguins found dying on Western Bay beaches aren't being poisoned, the deaths are natural.
DOC staff says the large number of dead penguins washing up has concerned both the public and the authorities.
Tauranga's Chris Clark says the high mortality rate is unfortunate, but natural, as the birds get caught in stormy seas and die.
He says tests carried out, prompted by the Auckland beach scare have determined the death are the result of starvation and parasites.