According to Boulders Beach staffers, Climate Change has affected fish stocks and increased severe weather incidences have depleted penguin chicks in numbers. When I asked a Boulders Beach staffer if tourism had a negative impact, his reply, "No, just the opposite. Your visit help sparked a lifelong commitment to saving their future."
It’s sad that the US president does not believe in climate change or global warming. The fragility of our environment is clearly evident now more than ever. Our planet earth is worth protecting. Much like the sand, we too can be mirrors and reflect the best in one another to spur each other into action.
|Their distinctive white and black coloring is a vital form of camouflage - white for underwater predators looking upwards and black for predators looking down onto the water.*|
Peak moulting time is during December, after which they head out to sea to feed (since they do not feed during moulting), They return in January to mate and begin nesting from about February to August.*
1. Photos by the author and Vincent Chan.
2. * Penguin Facts from South African National Parks, Boulders Penguin Colony literature.