The Penguins have their own beach and they have enjoyed this for years now.
Penguin Colony in Boulder’s Beach.
Penguins’ Ancient Lineage
There are at least 17 species of penguins and since this is the only one that lives in Africa, it is now called the African Penguin, a much more appropriate name than its Blackfoot Penguin or Jackass Penguin moniker earned for the appalling racket it can make.
Various Names of Boulder’s Beach Penguins
Where about is Boulder’s Beach?
The family has grown each year despite dangers to the young when they first put out to sea and the repulsive human food hurled at them.
Arrival and Evolution of the South African Penguins
Penguins are really cold climate animals but they have evolved in Africa and South America. The “tropical” have shorter feathers as they don’t need that much insulation. But wherever they are, they are expert swimmers and can swim at 24 kms. per hour.
They can dive as deep as 35 meters, more than is regularly allowed for divers and can stay down there for at least a minute and a half. They need this to feed as sometimes, they have to reach down for fish where all the other birds can’t.
They start to mate at around 4 years and they remain mostly with one partner. Penguins produce only one or two eggs a year with an incubaton period of 40 days. You can see some of their nests in Boulders Beach.
The Boulders’ Beach Penguin Sanctuary
The Southern African National Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds has helped to make life easy for the penguins. They have an information center right here in Boulders Beach in Simons Town and have designed a protective environment for the penguins. One can adopt a penguin or support a rescue or volunteer.
So….. that’s one of the places I’m hoping to visit whilst I’m away 😊