Penguins on Phillip...

Trip Start Jul 23, 2008
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Trip End Jul 06, 2009


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Friday, January 9, 2009

A day oot to Phillip Island! Thanks to Emma luv as tour guide again. It's almost a 2 hr drive. The main attraction is the Pengiun Parade (even tho emma had already seen it) and that's what got us there as well as the surfing for me.

It was gonna be a late one cuz the penguins don't come oot til dusk so we didn't leave til noon. There were two beaches to choose from to go surfing, one with dangerous rips and currents or one popular with families that caters to all levels of surfing competence - moi! So Emma chilled and i rented a board and a wetsuit as the water is fffrrrreeezing down under here...and tried to ride the waves. Try i did with not a lot of success but i'm blaming the plethora of kids, boogie boards, surfboards and just plain people (but it was either this or a good chance of drowning remember)...and of course the waves. It was lovely and i still had fun with the surfboard. And with the wetsuit, the water was great!

We took a drive around the wee island, some stunning scenery...cliffs, crashing blue and white waves, pasture-like fields. The sunset on the one end of the island wouldn't have been absolutley gorgeous with the backdrop of big rocks in the ocean and it was a stunning pink sky that evening as well. However, Emma and i were sat at the Penguin Parade, what we had come to see. We sat on concrete slabs on the side of the ocean that the rangers had built for the paying public to sit and watch the penguins.

These penguins go into the ocean 1-4 days at a time looking for food, eating..chilling at the surface of the water (they are camouflaged lovely on both sides so are well protected apparently). Then they come home and wait til dusk to woddle from the waters of the ocean to the burrowns of thier land. It's sooo cute, a bunch of them woddle together half up the sand and then decide it's not safe and all go back (birds of prey flying above, didn't see any though) and they do this several times before taking the risk and woddle home. I almost wanted one to take home! But of course we did indeed leave Phillip Island that night penguinless and i'm sure all the better for it...
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