Eight African penguins went home on Friday 9 November 2012 when staff members of the Two Oceans Aquarium and the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) released them back into the wild near a Robben Island beach.
The penguins, two blues (juveniles) and six adults, had been recuperating at SANCCOB’s facility in Tableview for periods of between two months and a year.
The Two Oceans Aquarium’s boat, Aquarium 1, was deployed on a warm, windstill day from right outside Shoreline Café. Anna, bird trainer at the Aquarium, and Aquarium collections team members Nic, Paul and Simon assisted the four SANCCOB volunteers.
There’s always time to do good … Skipper Paul stopped and turned the boat so that a large piece of mattress foam could be removed from the ocean.
The crew did a bit of searching for the perfect place to drop off the precious cargo. The penguins onboard would join the African penguins on this Robben Island beach, far enough away from human traffic.
And then it was time to bid farewell. Watch the video of the release below.
Smiles and a moment of spontaneous silence.