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March 13, 2009

Curious penguins – Flickr pic of the day

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This photograph of curious penguins at Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town, was taken by our Cape Town. Live it. Love it. group member Mauro Pimentel aka violencia.visual.

Boulders Penguin Colony is about 2km from the Simon’s Town train station, which is the last stop on the scenic Southern Line railway route.

The sea here is good for swimming (although a bit chilly) and the big, round boulders on the sandy beach provide some shade and shelter. Because it’s part of the Table Mountain National Park, there is an entrance fee for conservation of the penguins that live here.

The Boulders colony started in 1983 and is one of very few mainland penguin colonies. It is now home to over 3 000 African penguins.

The wheelchair-friendly wooden boardwalk at Foxy Beach is a great way to see the penguins and is accessible via the information centre on Kleintuin Road.

These flightless birds roam around the area freely, so you can get close to them, but please don’t disturb them. They can bite – a warning sign is when they move their heads from side to side.

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Image © Mauro Pimentel aka violencia.visual 2009

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