Backpackers Plettenberg Bay
Backpackers Plettenberg Bay

The African Penguin

May 28, 2011 by No Comment

Message from the whale company: African Penguins grow to 68-70 cm tall and weigh between 2 and 5kg.

They have a black stripe and black spots on the chest, the pattern of spots being unique for every penguin, like human footprints.

They have pink glands above their eyes. The hotter the penguin gets, the more blood is sent to these glands so it may be cooled by the surrounding air, thus making the glands pinker.

Their distinctive black and white colouring is a vital form of camouflage-white for underwater predators looking upwards and black for predators looking down onto the dark water.

African Penguins forage in the open sea, where they pursue fish such as pilchards, anchovies and marine invertebrates such as squid.

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