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Rescuing swans. Man attempting to capture an oil- covered swan. Birds often become poisoned by oil as they try to groom their feathers with their beaks. The oil also disrupts the insulation provided by their feathers, and many die as a result. These swans have been contaminated by the oil slick from the Torrey Canyon, one of the first supertankers. The ship was wrecked off the Cornish coast of Britain in 1967. It polluted 150 kilometres of coastline in what was the first of the big oil disasters.
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