Selendang Ayu

Source of pollution: 
Animals affected
Number of live oiled birds counted: 
More than 600 live oiled birds. Over 1,600 dead birds and 6 sea otters recovered
Species affected: 
29 avian species, including murres, auklets, seaducks, gulls and bald eagles
Total estimate of oiled birds: 
Number of birds released: 
Number of birds into intake: 

After encountering heavy weather, followed by engine failure, the Selendang Ayu ran around near Skan Bay on Unalaska Island in the Bering Sea on 8 December 2005. The vessel broke apart, spilling the oil and much of the cargo- 60,200 metric tons of soybeans.

Amount and type of oiled spilled: 
336,000 US gallons fuel oil and diesel
Wildlife Response: 

International Bird Rescue (IBR)  was activated, sending a team to Alaska. Some of the team remained in Anchorage to prepare the oiled wildlife response facility there for cleaning of birds. Others went to Unalaska for search and rescue, and stabilisation of birds prior to transport to Anchorage. Search and rescue was interrupted for several days by severe weather. On resumption, many of the 600 birds seen during initial surveys were no longer alive. In total only 23 live birds were transported to Anchorage, of which only 10 survived to release.

Publications and links: 

Brewer, R. 2015. The Selendang Ayu Oil Spill: Lessons Learned, Conference Proceedings