Saturday, January 24, 2009

Act 3: Parade of Penguins

And now to the highlight of the day. The Little Penguins of Philips Island are very famous attracting tens of thousands of visitors a year. Every night these tiny penguins (about 12-15inches tall) come back from a 10 hour day spent at sea feeding to bring bellies full of food back to their young. Depending on the time of year and the availability of resources there can be anywhere from 500 to 2000 of these penguins the rise up out of the ocean and waddle to their nests. They only come out of the ocean once it's dark to avoid predators. It's really awesome to see them waddle out of the sea and fall over because they've eaten too much. They are not lacking in adorablity.

If you do decide to do this trip, I strongly urge you to do the Penguin Private Experience Plus. You get a private guided tour with 9 other people and you to sit in a special viewing area where you have excellent views of the penguins. If you do not do this you will have to sit in the lame bleachers section with terrible views. And bring a jacket and wear pants because it is not warm by the water.

Unfortunately you are legally not allowed to take pics because it scares the little guys. But google can help you figure out what these penguins look like. Oh sweet google, your powers know no bounds.


  1. no camera necessary. somehow i have an amazing mental image. wait, wait....were you holding a jacket over your head? you do so in my vision...

  2. haaa, i did have a light fleece on. and of course by not warm i mean it was about 65 degrees.