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Penguins at Boulders Beach

African penguins grow to 68-70 cm (26.7-27.5 in) tall and weigh between 2 and 5 kg (4.4 and 11 lb). They have a black stripe and black spots on the chest, the pattern of spots being unique for every penguin, like human fingerprints. 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 more pink. The males are larger than the females and have larger beaks, but their beaks are more pointed than those of the Humboldt. 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.


There is a large colony of those jackass penguins in Boulders Beach, near Cape Town.

It's a main tourists attraction, but they are so cute.

They call them jackass because of the noise they make when they express themselves !


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Taken in August 2009