?Researcher Ida Lundback (right), with the assistance of volunteer Naomi Wells (left), prepares to take a faecal sample from a captured Little Blue Penguin (Eudyptula minor) before returning it back to its burrow.
This research is part of a program looking at reverse zoonoses (infections or diseases transmissible between animals and humans) and the spread of antibiotic resistant bacteria from humans to the little penguins and assessing impacts of these bacteria on penguin health. This is significant as some penguin colonies are undergoing decline, and disease has not been investigated as a driver of penguin decline. This work is being completed with Phillip Island Nature Parks and Sydney University with funding support from Sea World Research and Rescue Foundation, Australia.
February, 2018. St Kilda Breakwater, St Kilda, Victoria, Australia. Editorial use only.