SANCCOB is a south african organisation for the treatment of seabirds. My class had a skype call with Tamlyn Hardy, from the organisation. He took us on a visual visit of the organisation and the living quarters for the african penguins which they concentrate on.
We were shown a baby penguin. With a black back, and white stripes on the face.
A penguin called “Stubby” was made into a character, who let us read a bit about the organisation. But Stubby is a real penguin living organisation. It felt as if he was our host.
Stubby belongs to an endangered species of the african penguin.
He lives in Cape Town, South Africa. We were shown a picture of Cape Town- a beautiful little island, with table mountains.
Then we saw the life stages of an African penguin.
I can’t remember much. They start as chicks. Then they get a bluish grey color. Then comes the time when the parents say- “Okay, it’s time to leave!”
SANCCOB is the only organisation mandated to respond to oil spills by the south african government.
Once the retrieved birds are washed, they go through rehabilitation. SANCCOB’s last response was somewhere near July 16, 2016.
Once the rehabilitation is completed, the birds are released. They are carried to the beach in wooden or cardboard boxes with holes for air, and once they reach the beach, the boxes are turned on their sides. Then they waddle over the rocks together to sea.The waves wash over them, and they look so happy when they’re free again.
Then they’re speed. In the water, one penguin was far from his group. The next second, he was with his friends again. They move at the speed of 23 km/hour.
The Treasure Oil Spill
There was so much of oil, the seabirds all feel cold. About 19000 oil birds were there in one oil spill. 4 people have to help clean one bird.
All together, the penguins looked like a gathered crowd of people.
Important note: Plastic straws are a major killer of seabirds. Some birds have upto 9-12 plastic straws stuck in their throats. They can’t swallow food, and eventually starve to death.
How you can help-
By remembering “RAS”-
R- Recycle as much as you can.
A- Adoption. Check out SANCCOB’s adoption policy.
S- Straws-plastic ones. Stop using them.
Stubby the penguin has her flippers shortened, because of an earlier surgery. She now stays at SANCCOB, and has lots of friends.
We were given a few minutes at the end, to ask any questions.
Q. What if a penguin is permanently disabled? Where does it stay?
A. If a penguin is permanently disabled, and is not able to swim or walk properly, then it stays at the organisation’s quarters. Some penguins may also have few or no chances of surviving in the wild, and so they lead a happy life at SANCCOB.
Q. How do penguins survive in the hot/moderate climate of South Africa?
A. A very common mistake most people make is having the knowledge that penguins are only found in the Arctic and Antarctic regions. But it is not so. There are 18 species of penguins on earth, out of which only 4 species are found in Antarctica. The rest are all adapted to different climatic conditions, according to their habitat.