Monday, May 27, 2013

March to the Penguins

A day trip to Boulders to meet the penguins
TKW's theme last week immersed the students into Cape Town’s bio-diverse marine world, and after an extraordinary trip to the Two Oceans Aquarium and a gripping cinematic voyage to Tajii, Japan, in the award-winning documentary, The Cove, there really was only one way to end off the week - a journey to the wintry waters of False Bay. 

Our assignment - to experience one of Cape Town’s most iconic natural wonders, the African penguin, in its natural habitat at Boulders Beach.  

So myself, senior teacher, Jacques Engelbrecht, and Congolese superstars, Patrick Okoye Ndongo (aka Patcho) and Paupette Sterlling, boarded a train to Simon's Town and after an unexpected transfer from Fish Hoek in a cramped local mini-bus taxi, we landed safely and excitedly waddled our way down to the beach. 

A nesting penguin guards her young 
We were greeted by several curious dassies, while student-turned-penguin-expert for the day, Paupette, shared a few fascinating facts about these famous Capetonians, who were out in full force nesting on the dunes.  

Lots of ocean-inspired fun and learning was had by all and the outing was a huge success. 

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