Happy Feet: African Penguins


When I think of a penguin, the Disney movie Happy Feet is the first thing to comes to my mind! In Happy Feet, emperor penguins tap dance in the Arctic. Meanwhile, here in Cape Town, African penguins occupy nearby beaches. On a weekend trip, I stopped at Stony Point Penguin Colony to see hundreds of these facinating birds. Let's take a closer look at these African penguins!

What does this creature or plant look like?:

These penguins are have black backs, red patches above their eyes and white spotted and striped stomachs. Each pattern on a penguin's stomach is unique, just like a human fingerprint. These birds stand about two feet tall when fully grown. Flippers help them glide through the water, as they try to catch small fish with their beaks. 

How did I feel when I saw it?:

When approaching the penguin colony, I was, at first, confused! I could not see any penguins because they camouflage themselves so well against the rocks. After getting closer, I saw hundreds of penguins, each perched upon a rock staring out into the Atlantic Ocean. "Wow! I can't believe this is real!" I thought. Since this time, I have seen the penguins several more times during trips to the beach, so I can verfiy these birds' do indeed exist!