Clutha Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE -

I at­tended an amaz­ing talk given by yel­low-eyed pen­guin re­searcher Mel Fos­ter at Kaka Point on Satur­day night.

We’re down to about 200 breed­ing pairs in main­land Otago. Hor­ri­fy­ing.

I stag­gered out of there, not a lit­tle de­pressed, and yes, an­gry at the part we feck­less hu­mans have played in their demise, only to be com­pletely thought­less my­self, when we got to Roar­ing Bay Hide, to spot one of these soli­tary lit­tle crea­tures.

Af­ter curs­ing some id­iots who tried to take a de­tour down to the beach - they would have blun­dered through pen­guin nest­ing spots - I un­wit­tingly took a photo over­look­ing the bay. Even from 100 me­tres, flash photography could be enough to put off a pen­guin from com­ing ashore.

Ig­no­rance comes from lack of ed­u­ca­tion and aware­ness of the far-reach­ing con­se­quences of our ac­tions. It’s safe to say I won’t be tak­ing a selfie with a pen­guin any­time soon.

Mary-Jo Tohill

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