One of things on my “must-see” list is the penguins at Boulders Beach. I’ve not seen penguins outside a zoo (we didn’t get a good look at any in the Galapagos) and I’ve seen all these amazing pictures of Boulders Beach where you can swim with the penguins.
I’m so excited I practically run down the (crowded) boardwalk to the beach.
So far, so good!
I follow the walkway around the bend, imagining a dramatic beach with giant boulders and pockets of sand with penguins everywhere. Between the boulders in the sea, sheltered pools are filled with both swimming penguins and humans.
Instead, I find this:
Still, the walkway provides good views of the penguins.
(Penguins molt. That’s the reason some of these guys look pretty mangy; in a few months they will all be sleek and fully waterproof once again.)
I definitely can now claim to have seen penguins!
Of course, penguins aren’t the only wildlife here. Among other birds, huge flocks of cormorants swirl above – and land on – the boulders.
They are mesmerizing.
Further out, sailboats glide just this side of the horizon.
This would be a good place to spend the day.
Maybe I’d even find spots where I could actually commune with the penguins.
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