We often find groups of African Penguins off shore lately. Which leaves us wondering why they become more frequent visitors to our shores? The African penguin is a species of penguin confined to southern African waters. Like all extant penguins they are flightless, with a streamlined bodies, and wings stiffened and flattened into flippers for a marine habitat. As recently as the 1970s, African penguin eggs were considered a delicacy and were still being collected for sale. Unfortunately, the practice was to smash eggs found a few days prior to gathering, to ensure that only fresh ones were sold. This added to the drastic decline of the African penguin population around the Cape coast, a decline which was hastened by the removal of guano from islands for use as fertiliser, eliminating the burrowing material used by penguins. The threat to the penguins survival may be link to this practice and their diet, as it seems that the Commercial fisheries of sardines and anchovy, which constitute the two main prey species of the penguins, have forced these penguins to search for prey farther off shore, as well as having to switch to eat less nutritious prey. Maybe this is why they have reaching our shores more and more. Who knows? Knysna Knews Visit Knysna Discoverctwc Tourism South Africa International . Explore . Nature . Wild Life . Leisure Travel and Stay in South Africa

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