Penguin Awareness Day!
Today (January 20th) marks Penguin Awareness Day, it is a day I like to focus on things that we can do to help not just our penguins but all seabirds.
Every year we see penguins and a number of other birds come into care with fishing line, fishing hook and net injuries. So when we are out on the water we can ensure we are not leaving these kind of things in the environment to become entangled around our seabirds and marine mammals.
Penguins in particular are prone to dog and cat attacks, especially over this time of year when both our native Little Penguins and vagrant visitors come to our shores to moult. For those not aware over a 2-3 week period each year penguins fatten up often doubling in weight to ensure they have enough fat reserves to moult every single feather on their body. During this time they are not waterproof and as a result can not evade predators. We can help these guys by ensuring our dogs are on leashes at all times whilst on the beach.
During the moult is when we see a number of vagrant visitors to Tasmanian waters (or WA waters as we are seeing currently with them having a number of rockhopper penguins in care). These birds have travelled great distances and are often not fat enough to survive the moult with out assistance and if they do survive the moult certainly do not have the reserves to make it back home. If you come across one of these birds please ensure it is called through to your local wildlife rescue service for an appropriate carer to be found.
General litter also plays a major role in our penguins and seabirds coming into care. We can help reduce the likely hood of this by ensuring our litter is put in the bin appropriately and by reducing our plastic use, say no to that straw, that cigarette (filters are our biggest piece of marine debris), using reusable packaging and choosing glass or cans when ever possible. #penguinawarenessday#penguins#internationalpenguinawarenessday#rockhopperpenguin#fiordlandpenguin#kingpenguin#royalpenguin#tasmania#seabirds#crestedpenguin#reducereuserecycle
The rockhopping penguin, is unique in where it has found it's nesting grounds. It's not like other penguins, more in the line with a bird. It lives high up from the sea, with the best view of its surrondings. But the rockhopping penguin is also famous in the way it collects food for it's family. It jumps on the rocks and ground all the way down to the sea and up again a couple of times a day. Which takes many hours due to that the route is like an obstacle course with an angle up to 70 percent.