I think I’m losing my sense of humour and today was not a great day but since it’s World Penguin Day here are some photos of the African penguin colony at Boulders Beach in Simonstown. They haven’t always been there – in the 80’s some school children found a few eggs, showed them to their teacher who, thank goodness, realised this was a great find. The rest is history.
These guys are world famous. No Cape Peninsula tour is complete with a visit to the colony – and the tourists love it. Some days in peak season it actually gets a bit too crowded. No-one knows exactly why these endangered penguins chose this area but the large boulders after which the beach is named provide them with shelter and they love making nests in the bushes that surround the beach.
I didn’t realise it was Penguin Day until late this afternoon – if I had I would have gone to spend some time with them. They’re so cute they might have lifted my mood.