11 October 2011
Last updated at 05:21
Workers in New Zealand are cleaning oil from beaches near the port of Tauranga after a leak from a cargo ship that ran aground on a reef off the east coast of the North Island.
The ship is stuck on a reef and is being battered by heavy seas. It was originally listing at a strong angle but has since righted itself somewhat, easing fears that its containers would fall into the sea, compounding the disaster.
The area, the Bay of Plenty, is popular with tourists and is home to copious wildlife, including penguins, dolphins and whales. This penguin has been cleaned after being coated in oil.
This mural in Tauranga sums up the feeling of some residents - "Less talk, more action" - as poor weather has forced delays in pumping oil from the stranded ship.
The Liberian cargo ship, the Rena, is stuck on a reef some 13.5 nautical miles off Tauranga.
On Tuesday, officials said much more oil than previously thought was leaking from the vessel. Environment Minister Nick Smith called it New Zealand's most significant maritime environmental disaster.
Efforts to pump oil off the Rena and to scoop up or disperse oil from the water have been hampered by strong winds and high seas.
The ship came aground during the middle of the night on Wednesday on Astrolabe Reef. Two inquiries are under way to determine how the ship hit the reef.