Last spotted in San Francisco, USA on March 28, 2003, 1:23 pm
Who is he? Where is he going? Where has he been? David Barrett / Quinthar
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"Nestled in a sheltered cover between Simon's Town and Cape Point, Boulders has become world famous for its thriving colony of African Penguins and magnificent wind sheltered, safe beaches.

"Although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where this vulnerable bird (Spheniscus demersus) can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment.

"From just two breedin pairs in 1982, the penguin colony has grown to about 3,000 in recent years. This is partly due to the reduction in commercial pelagic trawling in False Bay, which as increased the supply of pilchards and anchovy, which form part of the penguins' diet.

"Bordered mainly by indigenous bush about the high-water mark on the one side, and the clear waters of False Bay on the other, the area comprises a number of small sheltered bays, partially enclosed by granite boulders that are 540 million years old."

Daniel and Marie were so kind as to give me the grand tour of Cape Town's outer reaches. Our intent is to take the coastal road through Hout Bay, but as we approach we find that it's closed off due to rockslides. Sheesh, wimps. Regardless, it's a gorgeous view from where we turn around.

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