Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Emperor of Peka Peka

This is just so cool!

"The second-known emperor penguin to ever visit New Zealand shores has turned up on the Kapiti Coast.

Kapiti resident Christine Wilton was walking her dog on Monday afternoon at Peka Peka Beach when she saw a "glistening white thing standing up" on the sand.

"I thought I was seeing things," Ms Wilton said.

She contacted the Department of Conservation's Waikanae office, who discovered the strange visitor was an emperor penguin - only the second ever sighted on New Zealand's shores.

The one other recording of an emperor penguin in New Zealand was at Southland's Oreti Beach in 1967

Via Stuff. (and, I guess, 3 News, which is rocking out of my idiotbox right now)

Apparently they are getting hundreds of visitors, and the community (and DOC) have set up a volunteer guard. Beautiful community, amazing opportunity.

- via the iPod magic wand.

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