Last day of the holiday. Squeezed every last bit of it. Found a good place for coffee to start a day in which a long journey back home awaits. It was an amazing holiday, it almost feels as if the beginning of a lifetime. Or even a holiday honeymooners would do.
A naturally social animal that fishes and nests together. The African Penguin used to be called Jackass Penguin because of the noise it makes. It swims in an average speed of 7 kms and can dive down to 130 meter depth.
African penguins moult once a year for 21 days. This means they change their feathers hence they are confined to land. During this time, as they cannot fish for squid or anchovies (their main diet), they starve.
On the journey to Robben Island (where political anti-apartheid prisoners served their sentences) there is a spectacular glimpse of Table Mountain and Cape Town. Due to the great weather, the “table cloth” is barely existent. One of the many legends says that Captain Van Hunks used to dare the Devil to a smoking contest forming the smoke cloud above the mountain. However because the Captain suffered from pneumonia this only happens during the summer. This legend is how Devil’s peak got its name.
The great white shark has the sharpest bite of all predators. It can maintain its temperature at 25 degrees regardless of the water temperature and thus can swim to up to 40km/hr. As all sharks they attack from underneath the prey; it only attacks surfers because they look like seals from deep below, but leaves them wounded (and hence they bleed to death) once it realises its mistake. It is a macro-predator, meaning it eats anything smaller and up to its own size, in this particular case up to 4 meters.
We wandered off trying to find a beach to see the whales just off Hermanus (correctly pronounced Hermaaaanus). We ended up very lost in a road that led to a beach where only all terrain vehicles have the luxury of being able to reach.
Bit scary when you later find out what the creature is…