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A large container ship is stranded on a reef off the coast of New Zealand and is leaking oil.

The ship, named the Rena, ran aground on Astrolabe Reef near the city of Tauranga on Wednesday, causing a 5km (3mi) long oil slick to leak into the Bay of Plenty.

So far 4 sea birds have been found dead in the slick, while 4 blue penguins and 2 shags have been rescued by New Zealand Wildlife Response.

From the New Zealand Herald:

The Rena was carrying about 1700 tonnes of heavy fuel oil and about 70 tonnes of marine diesel when it ran aground this week.

23-25 Filipino crewmembers remain aboard the Liberian container ship and are working to minimize the leak and salvage what they can of the cargo.

From BBC News:

New Zealand’s Department of Conservation said the Astrolabe Reef was covered with colourful sponges and anemones, with seals and gamefish such as marlin common in surrounding waters.

Watch the below video from the Telegraph: